CCJ's Take on Earth Day 

CCJ Executive Director, Patrick Grenter, recently appeared on Chris Winter in the Morning on Wish 99.7 FM to discuss CCJ's work and the comments made by Terry Bossert, VP of Range Resources, regarding well siting away from large homes.


Range Resources exec's well-site remarks drawing sharp criticism

Does Range avoid rich neighborhoods?

A gas-drilling rig in the Hopewell area of Washington County shows the proximity of a Range Resources’ drilling location to homes. Scott Goldsmith/Marcellus Shale Documentary Project


A gas-drilling rig in the Hopewell area of Washington County shows the proximity of a Range Resources’ drilling location to homes. Scott Goldsmith/Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

Two environmental organizations will ask the state’s Office of Environmental Justice to review Range Resources’ past and future shale gas development practices to determine if the company has avoided drilling in wealthier neighborhoods and targeted poorer areas of the state.

The Center for Coalfield Justice and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club raised that question after they said Terry Bossert, Range’s vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs, told a Pennsylvania Bar Institute gathering in Harrisburg earlier this month, that the company tries to avoid siting its shale gas wells near “big houses” where residents might have the financial resources to challenge the industrial-type developments.

“We heard Range Resources say it sites its shale gas wells away from large homes where wealthy people live and who might have the money to fight such drilling and fracking operations,” said Patrick Grenter, an attorney and Center for Coalfield Justice executive director, who attended the lawyers’ forum. A handful of attorneys in the audience confirmed that account

Joanne Kilgour, an attorney and director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, who attended the meeting, said Mr. Bossert’s statements “pose significant environmental justice issues, and raise the question whether the companies coming into communities are really operating in the best interests of those communities.”

Mr. Grenter said the environmental groups will send their letter today requesting that the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Justice review Range’s well- siting permits to determine if drilling operations have been disproportionately located away from wealthier homes and neighborhoods.

Read the rest of the article here: http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/latest-oil-and-gas/2016/04/18/Executive-s-remark-about-shale-gas-well-sites-prompts-sharp-criticism-calls-for-review/stories/201604180027