Range Resources Provides Pennsylvania Water Monitoring and Reporting Update

Jan 16, 2015

As previously announced last September, Range Resources – Appalachia, LLC discovered that it did not properly administer certain provisions of Range’s water management plan related to withdrawals in southwestern Pennsylvania. Range reaffirms that the supervised withdrawals did not impact any water resources as all pass-by flows were protected, but in some instances exceeded permitted daily and instantaneous withdrawals. Range worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to ensure that there have been no environmental impacts.

Range notified the DEP immediately upon discovering these issues and promptly took additional steps to better manage water withdrawals and regulatory reporting. The DEP approved Range’s new protocols in February of 2014, which are intended to prevent this issue from occurring again. Specifically and as announced in September of 2014, Range reorganized and refocused specific employees to provide greater oversight of water management and regulatory compliance. 

The DEP has taken action that has resulted in Range signing a Consent Order Agreement and an associated settlement, including providing funding for a project to rehabilitate, expand, and operate the Hamilton Abandoned Mine Treatment System in Findley Township, Allegheny County. The enhancement project will be performed by the Washington County Conservation District, the Raccoon Creek Watershed Association, and the Independence Conservancy.

Outside of the settlement, Range has worked with organizations for several years to identify possible enhancement projects in southwestern Pennsylvania. The DEP’s Community Environmental Project recognizes, supports and helps to facilitate enhancement projects to benefit Pennsylvania’s environment and communities.