Participation in Scientific Studies

Range understands the importance of scientific data and third party studies to aid in the discussion of natural gas development across the United States. Range participates in a number of efforts aimed at best practices and transparency, including data collection and studies by federal and state agencies, accredited universities, peer companies, environmental groups and industry trade groups. Fact based, objective scientific data is the key to clearly understanding the energy industry from a regulatory and public perspective.

United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Range has collaborated with National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), a division of the Department of Energy on studies of shale development. Range is actively participating in an NETL project that is making a comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts from a Marcellus Shale location.

Another study focuses on the ingenuity and development of technology related to the shale gas industry across the United States. The research focuses on the history of oil and gas development, current technology and techniques and how the DOE can play a role in advancing environmentally responsible technologies for shale gas producers.

Range also provided an operations field tour for the United States Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board as part of that group’s report and ongoing research. The subcommittee was tasked with identifying measures that can be taken to reduce the environmental impact and to help assure the safety of shale gas production.

“Better data will help the industry focus its investments, give the public the information it needs to effectively engage, and help regulators identify and address the most important problems” – John Deutch, Natural Gas Subcommittee Chair

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Range, along with other producers and midstream companies, participated in two air quality studies in the Northeast and Southwest regions of Pennsylvania. These studies looked at all phases of shale gas operations. According to the DEP air quality study results, such operations “do not indicate a potential for major air-related health issues associated with the Marcellus Shale drilling activities.”

Scholarly Research

Range has provided data and materials for academic research on all phases of operations. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated with Range to work on things such as the Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Shale Gas. Range has also provided site and data access for interested regulators and universities.

Range is also a founding member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and participates in more than a dozen technical and advisory subcommittees focused on improving various aspects of the industry.

One project includes a comprehensive analysis, working with industry partners and state regulators, to address naturally occurring radioactive materials, commonly referred to as NORM. A number of our processes are subject to examinations for NORM, including drill cuttings that require landfill disposal. This research should provide the industry and regulators with greater insights and provide the public and other stakeholders with greater assurances that this aspect of our industry is effectively managed and poses no risks to public or worker health and safety.