Well Water Burns; Homeowners Are Hot

By Bonnie Barron
Courthouse News Service

WEATHERFORD, Texas (CN) – A couple says the well water for their $5 million “dream house” west of Fort Worth has become flammable because of natural gas drilling – and the drilling company had the brass to accuse them of trying to profit by it by seeking a lower tax valuation and phonying up “little videos for the people out there.”

Steven and Shyla Lipsky say both the EPA and the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas production in Texas, have traced the problem to drilling by defendant Range Resources Corp.

The Lipskys also sued the developer, Silverado on the Brazos Development Co., which they say promised them that there would be no oil or gas drilling in their development.

The Lipskys say they moved into Silverado on the Brazos, in Weatherford, in 2001, and over the years bought up multiple lots and put $4.5 million into their “dream house,” which they moved into in September 2009.

Three months later, they began having problems with their well water, and by the summer of 2010, they say, the water had become flammable.

Samples collected in August 2010 “showed the presence of benzene, toluene, dissolved ethane and a large amount of dissolved methane,” according to the complaint in Parker County Court.

Read more at Courthouse News Service

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Also see: EPA to study Ruggiero well: Wise County (Texas) homeowner to be included in national fracking study, he says; property value has plummeted Tim Ruggiero’s 10 acre-property in Wise County is among seven case studies selected for a national hydraulic fracturing study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

And: Fracking Insiders Score Big in New Gas Bill, But Americans Not Told the True Costs of Massive Drilling Plan.

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