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Range Resources does not know the exact chemical makeup of its fracking fluid, according to court documents.

Pennsylvania's First Shale Driller: Range Resources

Background

Range Resources drilled Pennsylvania’s first Marcellus Shale well back in 2004, striking gold long before “fracking” or “severance tax” became household terms. With more than a million acres leased in the Marcellus Shale region, Range is one of the most active natural gas drilling companies in the state. Based in Texas, Range pulled up stakes in the Barnett Shale in order to concentrate their operations in the Keystone state.

Pennsylvania native Jeffrey Ventura took over as CEO in January 2012. The company’s senior vice president, K. Scott Roy, is a vice chair and treasurer of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the industry’s main trade group within Pennsylvania.

Range was also the first company to reveal the fracking chemicals used in each well. But environmentalists say the information is not detailed enough to determine the risk.

In August 2011, a Washington County family settled a high-profile nuisance case against Range Resources for $750,000. Chris and Stephanie Hallowich had been outspoken critics of fracking, saying the family became sick from the gas drilling activity surrounding their Washington County home. According to court testimony released last summer, the settlement placed a gag order on the couple’s two young children. Range Resources seems to now be distancing itself from its lawyer’s remarks, insisting the gag order applies only to the parents.

Latest Posts

Range Resources to pay $4M for violations at western Pa. impoundments

Range Resources will pay a $4.15 million fine for violations at six wastewater impoundments in Washington County. It is the largest penalty the state has imposed on a shale gas driller, the Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday. The violations include leaks of flowback fluid – the liquid that comes back out of a well after [...]

Range Resources will pay $75K for Lycoming County spill

Range Resources has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine for a July 2012 spill on a Lycoming County well pad, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Friday. The DEP said 3,066 gallons of a manufactured brine solution leaked out of a storage tank and onto the well pad in Lewis Township. “This was a [...]

Allegheny County could get $73M in park gas drilling deal

Allegheny County could receive as much as $73 million by leasing a public park for natural gas drilling, including a $3.5 million signing bonus. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obtained documents from Range Resources that detailed the company’s proposal to county Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Range wants the county to lease all 1,180 acres of Deer Lakes Park [...]

Reports: Range Resource admits it doesn’t know makeup of fracking fluid

EnergyWire reports a Pennsylvania judge has ordered a major drilling operator to disclose the full chemical composition of its fracking fluid. Turns out, that’s not an easy task, according to court documents that show Range Resources does not know the makeup of the products it uses to extract natural gas from shale. More from EnergyWire: Range [...]

‘Landman’ Pleads Guilty To Marcellus Shale Mineral Rights Fraud

A man accused of selling millions of dollars in fake mineral rights, along with a parter, has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports 29-year-old William J. Ray could face about three years in prison for securing fake leases and selling them to gas companies. The scheme was discovered by [...]

Range Resources Wines and Dines State Officials

One of the state’s biggest natural gas drillers, Range Resources, paid for expensive steak dinners for Corbett administration officials, state legislators, and gas industry executives, according to documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania under the state’s Right To Know law. Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker disclosed the dinners as gifts [...]

Lifelong Gag Order Imposed on Two Kids in Fracking Case

Two young children are forbidden from speaking about Marcellus Shale or fracking for the rest of their lives. The court action stems from a settlement in a high-profile Marcellus Shale lawsuit in western Pennsylvania. The two children were 7 and 10 years old at the time the Hallowich family settled a nuisance case against driller [...]

Corbett Defends Impact Fee Over Severance Tax

While making a stop in Philadelphia to tout the benefits of natural gas development to the Delaware Valley, Governor Tom Corbett defended his insistence on imposing an “impact fee” rather than a “severance tax.” His remarks made at the industry sponsored Keystone Energy Forum came just a day after the Public Utility Commission announced the [...]

Confidentiality Agreements Prevent Fracking Contamination Claims From Being Made Public

Bloomberg reports on how confidentiality agreements with landowners across the country have helped protect drilling companies from bad publicity and allegations of pollution. The article specifically mentions the Hallowich v. Range Resources case in Washington County. The Hallowich family sued gas drillers after they said drilling activity near their home outside Pittsburgh made their children [...]

Newspapers Seek Missing Court Documents in Fracking Contamination Case

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports they are seeking missing information from unsealed court documents related to a fracking contamination case in Washington County. Hallowich v. Range Resources is one of the most closely watched cases involving claims of health impacts and property damage against a Marcellus Shale gas driller. A Washington County judge heard testimony yesterday [...]

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