Wondering if you missed anything while busy with the holidays? Well, the EPA was sure hoping you would! You may recall that the EPA has engaged in a number of flip-flops in its attempts to respond to allegations that gas well drilling may lead to methane contamination of nearby water wells. In fact, the EPA’s history of retreating from its scientific conclusions about water contamination from fracking in response to the political pressure brought to bear by the petroleum interests that have a stranglehold on our government dates back to at least 2004. But while the EPA’s files are replete with politically based abandonment of investigations, notably in Dimock, Pennsylvania and Pavillion, Wyoming, the outcry over the EPA’s flip flop on water contamination from fracking activities in Parker County, Texas reached new heights (or new lows).