Range maintains a Response Center in the Company’s core operating area and publishes contact information for communities across Range’s full operational footprint. All reported concerns are reported to Range’s Response Center where the information is logged and tracked by a team of employees solely dedicated to resolving these issues. This data is tied internally to Range’s GIS programs, which better help to inform the Company on how to manage community concerns over long-term periods and such data is routinely shared with senior management.
Range maintains a robust outreach team working with a variety of stakeholders including citizens, nongovernmental organizations, local and state units of government and area school districts, area first responders, and others. Range maintains five Community Advisory Panels made up of 35 local individuals from a variety of backgrounds in the company’s core operating region. This group formally meets bi-annually with Range representatives specifically on two-way communications. Range hosts annual meetings, workshops, open houses, small and large group presentations, field tours, and a variety of other grassroots community outreach events to proactively engage with the communities where the Company operates. Annually, in the Company’s core operating region, Range directly engages more than 150,000 people at more than 200 of these events.
Range has company representatives who live in active communities and meet face to face with households near our operations. The Company also meets on a case-by-case basis with households beyond the 3,000 foot radius at key intersections or other areas that may be impacted by the Company’s work. Annually, in the Company’s core operating region, Range directly makes more than 15,000 notifications specifically related to the Company’s work schedule.
All work in Range’s core operating area begins with a desktop review of surrounding road networks, which is reviewed in the field with employees. Range attempts to use state roads whenever possible and to limit mileage on municipal roads. Range takes into account community concerns, road width, turning radius limitations, and pre-existing road or infrastructure conditions. The Company assesses weight restrictions and clearance limitations related to bridges. Range posts bonds on municipal and state roads.
Range works with local governments and safety officials to develop traffic coordination plans. These plans look at site specific conditions that help minimize traffic impacts during operations. Range coordinates with area schools to manage operations with their school bus schedules and routes. Additionally, Range posts signage on local roadways to ensure employees and contractors follow the approved traffic routes and any other site specific traffic conditions. Range enters into Excess Maintenance Agreements with local communities that defines maintenance requirements, permit types and expectations and can be unique to each municipality.
All Range drivers participate in regular driving training courses. Expectations are clearly articulated to third-party contractors. Actions are taken for contractors who do not comply with Range’s traffic management plans. Where it makes the most sense in Range’s core operating area in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Company employs a dedicated team of traffic management personal who monitor traffic around the clock.
In Range’s core operating area in southwestern Pennsylvania, the company employs a host of traffic management personnel and practices, including, but not limited to, roving traffic monitors, restricted speed limits and GPS technology to ensure the traffic coordination plan is followed. Specific outcomes include not using or only using certain roads during designated hours based on community input when feasible.
Mitigating Lights, Sound and Dust
Range recognizes that there may be some inconveniences associated with shale gas development. The Company makes every effort possible to best eliminate, mitigate and reduce these possible inconveniences by working with local communities, townships and residents. Many local communities may place rules, regulations or conditions on these aspects of our shale gas development as part of the permitting process. Range is committed to working with local governments and the communities to work in the most responsible and sensitive manner possible. Depending on site conditions, Range may utilize the following to address such concerns:
- equipment to shield light and procedures to focus it on to the location and not on surrounding areas
- dust control measures for roads
- sound engineering modeling and analysis prior to work
In Range’s core operating region of southwestern Pennsylvania Range performs advance light and sound studies for every location.
Range works to eliminate or limit as much dust as possible from our locations. In the Company’s core operating area, Range paves the first 50 feet of access roads to allow for as much dust and aggregate to remain on access road. Range utilizes street sweepers, fresh water or DEP-approved suppressant to eliminate or reduce dust and closely monitors roads for dust.
Range actively controls odors if they happen to occur as a result of our operations.
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