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Range Makes First Marcellus Frac Chemicals Disclosure

Range Resources Corp. submitted its first voluntary hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracing) disclosure forms to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and has posted the information on its website.

The information covers the first three Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania that Range has hydraulically fractured since the beginning of the initiative. As additional Marcellus wells are drilled, Range said it will provide similar information within about 30 days of completion.

The information is available from the company's website as part of the wells' completion reports at the bottom of the web page.

"Our voluntary initiative represents the beginning of a series of announcements and efforts that Range is undertaking to allow people to better understand that natural gas is a valuable resource that can be pursued responsibly and for the benefit of the citizens in the regions where it's developed and for the future of the United States," said Range CEO John Pinkerton.

Last month Range announced its initiative to disclose Marcellus hydrofracing additives (see Daily GPI, July 15). EQT Corp. announced a similar initiative shortly thereafter (see Daily GPI, July 30). Range said it has received supportive response from policymakers, regulators, Pennsylvania citizens and environmental and conservation groups.

"With many questions about the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale still unanswered, I commend Range Resources for its decision to voluntarily disclose information about the contents of the fluids they are using in that process on a per-well basis, and I strongly encourage other companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale to disclose the components of their fluids in that kind of detail as well," said state Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat.

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