CANONSBURG, PA. – Citing the extraordinary potential of responsibly developing natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, Range Resources Corporation yesterday announced a voluntary disclosure initiative of Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing additives.
Beginning immediately, Range will voluntarily submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) additional information about additives used in the process of hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in Pennsylvania operated by Range Resources.
Range’s disclosure initiative will provide regulators, landowners and citizens of the Commonwealth an accounting of the highly diluted additives used at each well site, along with their classifications, volumes, dilution factors, and specific and common purposes. The information will be submitted to the DEP as part of Range’s well completion reports and on the company’s website.
“With more than 25 years of responsible operation in the Commonwealth, Range is concerned what Pennsylvanians think about our industry. We understand that there is the perception among some that the additives used in hydraulic fracturing present a risk to the public, even though the Marcellus Shale formation is found more than a mile below the water table. We are committed to achieving the proper balance of pursuing the enormous opportunity that the Marcellus Shale provides and observing a higher standard of care for the environment and the communities where we live and work,” said John Pinkerton, chairman and CEO of Range Resources. “Our voluntary initiative will increase transparency and allow people to better understand that the Marcellus Shale is a valuable resource that can be pursued responsibly and for the benefit of all of the citizens of Pennsylvania.”