Texan Steve Lipsky can set his well-water on fire. A major U.S. fracking company, Range Resources, has taken him to court for telling the news media about it.
"WEATHERFORD, Texas -- Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire.
It's been said more than once, by people who should know, that he can't do this. But, earlier this month, in the shadow of his 12,000-square-foot house outside Fort Worth, he set a barbecue lighter next to the pipe from his water well and ignited a fist-sized dagger of flame atop the stream.
'That,' he said, stepping back, 'is what would be going into my house.'
For showing that to the world, and complaining about it, Lipsky has been accused of 'outright fraud' by a conservative filmmaker, disparaged by the oil and gas industry, and accused of a 'deceptive' demonstration as part of a 'conspiracy to defame' by a Texas judge. "