An emergency order that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued against Range Resources Corp. late last year for alleged contamination of water wells in North Texas was allowed to stand by a federal judge in Dallas pending the outcome of an appeals court case in New Orleans in which Range is seeking dismissal of the EPA order. A stay was issued in the Dallas federal court case, and the judge there also declined to impose fines on Range that had been sought by EPA. Earlier this year Range was cleared of fouling the water wells by the Railroad Commission of Texas, which had objected to EPA’s involvement in the case (see Shale Daily, March 23).