A. Barton Hinkle on the EPA's Culture of Lawlessness


Troubling stories about the Environmental Protection Agency just keep piling up. In Texas, the agency went after Range Resources Corp. for allegedly polluting two wells. The company racked up more than $4 million in fees defending itself before the EPA grudgingly admitted it had no proof Range Resources had contaminated anything.

The EPA's long train of abuses and usurpations suggests, writes A. Barton Hinkle, an institutional culture that sees the law as an impediment, rather than a guardrail.