My Range Resources
You've probably seen the billboards, or perhaps heard the
radio ads: real Pennsylvanians talking earnestly about the wonderful
experiences they've had with Range Resources. Range's website
(http://www.myrangeresources.com/) has their stories, along with lots of
information about how committed Range is to "making a real difference in
the lives of people throughout
Well, that much is true: Range is indeed making a real difference. However, a quick review of the PA Department of Environmental Protection records suggests that the truth is more complicated than the ads suggest (links to all of the incidents cited below can be found on my website: http://www.lhup.edu/rmyers3/marcellus.htm).
Range claims on its website that their "commitment to protecting the environment" can be seen in their erosion control efforts. According to the DEP, Range was cited at least six times between 2009 and 2010 for "failure to minimize accelerated erosion" at sites in Clinton, Lycoming and Green counties. The citation of September 28, 2009 noted that their failure to implement and maintain an erosion plan resulted in sediment discharge into Hoagland Run.
Range also insists that they "work every day to train our employees and contractors and see that they follow and understand regulations and company standards related to safety." If that's true, it's difficult to understand why Range was cited twice in 2009 for "Failure to notify DEP of pollution incident." In the Cross Creek incident, Range employees waited nearly four hours before contacting DEP.
Range's website notes that "After drilling is complete,
our aim is to be a good guest and leave things the way we found them - or even
better." However, according to
the DEP, one of Range's
I don't mean to pick on Range--they are actually one of the
better companies that are operating in
2. DEP, "DEP Penalizes Range" [5/14/10]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #573283-4, 574350"
 DEP, "DEP Penalizes Range" [5/14/10]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #573283-4, 574350"