Methane & Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction

Jan 21, 2015

MethaneGHGEmissionNatural gas development provides tremendous benefits that dramatically improve air quality through increased use of clean-burning fuel in power generation and transportation. Range grew production by 70% in 2013 as compared to 2011 levels. During that same period our total calculated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all operations increased only 10.1-percent. Further, as it relates to purely methane emissions, 2013 results indicate that total potential methane emissions from all of the Company’s operations were 0.10-percent (one-tenth of one-percent) of the Company’s annual production for 2013 versus a level of 0.21-percent for 2011 based on EPA prescribed measurement protocol, representing an improvement of 50-percent on a unit of production basis.

For additional information see the Air Quality Reporting and Disclosures section of the company's Corporate Responsibility report. 

Range engages an independent environmental consulting firm to gather data on emissions related to operations. The latest results show:

• Total GHG emissions, on a unit of production basis, have declined 50% over the past two years. Of these total emissions, methane emissions were calculated to be 0.10 %of our total mcfe production for 2013.
• Range’s 2013 production increased 25% over 2012 but the Company’s total methane emissions declined by 7%.
• The emission levels have remained consistently low for several years, despite Range’s significant and continued production growth.
• At these very low levels, GHG emissions from Range’s facilities present an incredibly small release compared to the Company’s production

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