This includes working with industry partners and regulatory agencies to look back and learn from past challenges, looking ahead at emerging technologies and operational advancements, and continually deploying best management practices to better our performance in a manner that aligns with our core values of Performance, Integrity, Innovation and Transparency.
We believe in being an industry leader in innovation. In 2004, Range discovered the Marcellus Shale, which is now the largest producing natural gas field in the United States. In 2009, Range drilled the first horizontal wells in the Utica and Upper Devonian Shales in Pennsylvania. Throughout those early days and through today, Range has consistently worked with a variety of stakeholders along the way to ensure that our work is conducted in a responsible manner.
We believe that our approach has resulted in significant societal benefits from responsible development of clean-energy resources, while helping the company deliver shareholder value. Natural gas development does not have to be a choice between the environment and the bottom line. Rather, just the opposite. By working in a safe and efficient manner, in compliance with the regulations, and protecting the environment and the community, Range can deliver more long-term shareholder value, while protecting the environment and operating as a good steward in the communities where we live and work. This provides broad economic, community and environmental benefits through the expanded use and development of clean-burning natural gas.
Like all of the men and women who make up the Range team, I have a connection to the communities where we work and therefore, corporate responsibility is very important to me. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania – home to the lion’s share of Range’s activity and investment. Most of my family continues to live in the very region in which we operate. Like so many people who grew up in Pennsylvania, I enjoy its communities, the people and am keenly aware of the amazing accomplishments of the industries and institutions that forged the Commonwealth’s place in history. At the same time, I recognize some of the challenges from these past industries. Our pledge at Range is to work hard every day to enhance Pennsylvania’s communities and environment in a manner that produces broad-based benefits through responsible natural gas development.
I invite you to read more about Range’s corporate responsibility efforts. Please check back often for regular updates on our latest initiatives and achievements.