Range Resources Corp. has launched a pilot program with monitoring company Project Canary to certify that its natural gas is produced in an environmentally responsible way. 

Project Canary would monitor methane emissions at two well pads in southwestern Pennsylvania. Production at the locations would also be certified under Project Canary’s TrustWell certification process.  

Range produced 2.08 Bcfe/d in the first quarter. It is among one of Appalachia’s biggest upstream operators. Range now joins other exploration and production companies in the region, including Southwestern Energy Co. and EQT Corp., which have launched similar programs with Project Canary and other monitoring companies. 

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Range said a European multinational energy utility working in both the U.S. and international markets would buy its responsibly produced natural gas. 

Project Canary is working with the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors to certify operations across the United States as demand for environmentally differentiated energy products grows. The TrustWell certification provides ratings for gas wells or entire asset bases.

The process measures several metrics to certify the conditions under which gas is produced to gauge impacts and risks, with a focus on water, air, land and community. The ultimate output is a rating similar to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, aka LEED, rating for a building.

Range also announced that its board has formed a committee dedicated to safety and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. The committee plans to review workplace safety matters, along with key ESG risks and opportunities, Range said.