Environment, Health & Safety Stewardship

Our philosophy at Range is straightforward: to be good stewards for our shareholders, while doing the same thing for the environment and the communities where we live and work. Our culture of good stewardship also ensures that we meet or exceed both expectations and regulatory guidelines and seek improvement to guidelines when we feel the standards are not high enough. 

As natural gas is increasingly used to generate electricity, heat our homes and power our transportation, air quality has improved dramatically. In fact, U.S. CO2 emissions are at a 20-year low thanks to expanded use of natural gas. Additionally, as shale gas production continues to grow, energy-related CO2 emissions have also decreased to a 10-year low. More importantly, improved air quality has a direct correlation to enhanced overall public health.

We recognize the need to continue leveraging new, innovative practices to further raise the bar for our company and for the industry. Outlined in this section are several ongoing efforts focused primarily on Range's shale operations, which take place in Pennsylvania. These efforts increase operational efficiencies and consequently shareholder value and environmental performance. Range was honored by the Oil & Gas awards with the Environmental Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. The Oil & Gas award Judge's noted: 

"Range Resource always seems to be the leader in the Marcellus Play. They consistently set the standard for others to follow. Their water management plans are impressive. Their commitment to vapor recovery and reduction of GHG sets a high bar for others to follow." 

Environmental Compliance at Range
Environmental Compliance (EC) is organized under two members of Range’s senior management team.  Created in 2014 and led by a Vice President, the EC Department has 28 staff.  Environmental Compliance goals and objectives are contained in an Environmental Compliance Plan with five key elements: Procedures and Field Guides, Training and Education, Communication and Reporting Violations, Monitoring/Auditing and Enforcement Policy.

The EC Program is organized to fully support Corporate Operations and consists of a Field EC Group and a Policy/Technical Support Group. Field EC monitors all Range locations and facilities, conducting site inspections, leak detection surveys and incident response activities.

The Policy/Technical Support Group provides technical guidance utilizing subject matter experts in the areas of air quality, waste and water management and well integrity.  Policy staff conduct EC training and prepare policy guidance and regulatory reporting support. Both groups work together to conduct internal audits of operations and external audits of third party vendors. 

The EC program works closely with Range leadership and the Board of Directors.  Quarterly Board Meetings include presentations on environmental performance measures including environmental spills, compliance actions and regulatory updates.