EPA declares water safe in fracking dispute

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has closed an investigation into allegations that a Pennsylvania community’s water wells were contaminated by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas. The EPA said tests on water samples from 64 homes in Dimock, Penn., found the water is safe to drink. Read an Associated Press account, published in the Washington Post, of the agency’s announcement July 25. Read the EPA news release.