Biodiversity and Conservation

Biodiversity Risk Assessments

The evaluation process for a new proposed well site starts with a review of relevant habitat tools and resources. Through this review, as well as any subsequent permitting processes, we determine if our proposed development activities will occur near the habitats of any rare, endangered, or otherwise protected flora, fauna, or ecosystems. If such habitats are identified, we assess potential impacts and consult with the applicable agencies to develop any necessary action plans for avoidance measures or mitigation plans. Range’s current operating areas do not coincide with any Critical Habitats or areas currently recognized as Globally or Internationally Important Areas of High Biodiversity 1.” We will continue to assess our areas of operation for overlap with these areas of High Biodiversity and would evaluate an appropriate offset program if unavoidable impacts were expected.

Local Strategy

As part of our commitment to local biodiversity conservation, we have developed a strategy to minimize and mitigate our operational footprint.

  • Avoid: In the early planning stages of our projects, we evaluate potential impacts and make appropriate schedule and plan detail considerations to put avoidance measures are in place.
  • Minimize: To the extent that some impacts cannot be avoided, we take steps to minimize impact, such as: adjusting operations to minimize seasonal impacts to flora and fauna, the implementation of noise reduction measures, the use of erosion control and stormwater best management practices, and the limitation of the duration of earth disturbance.
  • Restore: When surface land disturbance occurs, we work diligently to restore the area promptly. Upon the final decommissioning of our well sites, we are committed to the removal of equipment and full reclamation of the work areas. Whether at an interim stage or upon final restoration, achieving permanent stabilization in the form of revegetation is our ultimate goal. We coordinate with our landowner partners to achieve these goals and seeks to accommodate their needs where possible. We also seek to plant beneficial native and pollinator species whenever possible.

Conservation 

Range is proud to support a number of community-based partnerships focused on conservation, which remains a priority for the Company. These partnerships focus on protecting and restoring natural habitats of local wildlife in and around the regions where we operate.

Additionally, Range continues to partner with participating landowners in the form of our Habitat Enhancement Program. Dating back to our first habitat partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation in 2014, wherein 33 acres of restored area was converted to prime wildlife habitat, Range continues to fund and expand this important program. Through 2020, approximately 52 acres have been enrolled in Range’s Habitat Enhancement Program. Typically, habitat enhancement is performed by the use of seed mixes that are beneficial to pollinator and upland species. Current cosponsors include the California University of Pennsylvania Fish and Wildlife Program and Pheasants Forever.

 

The Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect native to Asia and first detected in North America in 2014. It has been found in 34 counties across Pennsylvania as well as in neighboring states. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine for counties where spotted lanternfly populations have been confirmed, and protective measures have been mandated to help control the spread of the species. To do its part, Range’s Environmental Compliance Department has developed and implemented a Spotted Lanternfly Environmental Alert, which includes training on identification, inspections, mitigation, and reporting requirements.

 

1Those Globally or Internationally Important Areas of “High Biodiversity” as recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands