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When the Barnett Shale started booming about a decade ago, people were lining up to have companies like Range Resources drill in their North Texas backyards. However, that all changed when some of those living on top of the Barnett started reporting health problems and environmental concerns, including the possibility of contaminated water.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency began looking into reports of contaminated water, but it was reported that they dropped their investigation into Range Resources after the company threatened not to cooperate with a fracking study being conducted by the agency.

The EPA complied but now more than 80 environmental groups have gotten together to ask the EPA to look again, according to an Associated Press story.

The EPA is about to get a new head as President Obama continues changing up some key posts as he starts into his second term. Will they decide to take another look at the water wells that some studies have concluded were contaminated by Range Resources while other companies have not? It's unclear, but, living on top of the Eagle Ford Shale as we do, it's definitely a story worth keeping an eye on.