This story does not suprise me in the least. The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that the EPA has dropped a claim against Range Resources over contaminated drinking water wells in Texas, contamination that the EPA originally attributed to natural gas hydrofracturing, or “fracking”. Turns out that this is the third time that the EPA has had to backtrack on claims that linked fracking to pollution of ground water. If you have paid any attention to the fracking debate, then you know that this is a big deal and yet another blow to the EPA’s credibility. Suprised? Don’t be. The EPA is a bureaucracy. It is subject to the same political pressures as other institutions that are run by political appointees and pressured by special interest groups. We’re not always going to get the best decisions, the best science, or the best outcomes.