Range maintains a strong commitment to protecting and enhancing the communities where we operate, including protecting and maintaining local water sources, roadways and community parks.
Water is essential to shale development and serves as a critical investment into the life of a well that will produce energy for many years. On water use for shale development, our goal is simple: recycle and reuse to the fullest possible extent. Over the years, various technologies and solutions have been developed and utilized as part of the company’s water management plans, enabling us to reduce our water consumption needs and, in turn, the impact on the environment. Nearly a decade ago, Range pioneered technology that allows for the recycling and reuse of nearly 100 percent of the water across our Pennsylvania shale operations. More recently, the company began recycling other operator’s water in Pennsylvania, helping to reduce overall fresh water needs and improve well costs.
As an industry leader in developing large-scale water recycling technologies and capabilities, Range implements a comprehensive water management plan that is strategically guided by best practices and applicable laws and regulations. Fresh water for our operations is sourced from multiple abundant, drought-tolerant sources that include public water utility companies, as well as the Ohio River and Susquehanna Rivers in Pennsylvania in compliance with state and regulatory commissions.
Through the use of industry-leading technologies in Pennsylvania that include above-ground water transfer lines and off-site centralized water storage facilities, Range reduced our total truck trips in the state by more than 100,000 trips to locations in 2018.
When it comes to managing the storage and staging of both fresh and reuse water, Range follows strict industry standards to ensure careful management of waste generated by our operations.
During various phases of our operations, Range is required to develop and implement a Spill Prevention Control and Contingency plan (SPCC), as well as a Preparedness, Prevention, and Contingency plan (PPC) for each well site in Pennsylvania. These plans – developed and implemented by our employees and consultants in accordance with applicable regulations and guidelines – provide detailed actions to manage and limit the impact of a potential spill. Our goal is always to achieve zero incidents, however, when incidents do occur, processes are in place to ensure a spill is immediately reported, addressed and promptly remediated.