For Immediate Release – July 14, 2010
Contact: Oliver Bernstein, Sierra Club, 512.289.8618
Natural Gas Drilling Company Announces Partial Disclosure of its
Pennsylvania Residents Will Benefit, but What about Texas?
Fort Worth, Texas – Natural gas drilling company Range Resources
announced today that it would voluntarily disclose the chemicals it
uses in Pennsylvania in the hydraulic fracturing process used to
extract natural gas. But the company did not agree to disclose the
large amount of chemicals it uses elsewhere, including Texas.
“We call on Range Resources to bring the same level
of transparency to Texas that they have announced for Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Powis,
Sierra Club’s Senior Regional Representative in Texas. “While we are
glad to see the company announce this first step, it’s only
through full, nationwide disclosure and tough regulation
of fracking chemicals that we can protect water and communities.”
Fort Worth-based Range Resources is an active driller in Texas’
Barnett Shale, boasting on its website that it makes its "highest rate
of return" in Texas.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process in which oil and gas
companies try to get at hard-to-reach natural gas by pumping millions
of gallons of water, chemicals and sand into a well at high pressures
to create cracks in underground geological formations, freeing trapped
gas and letting it flow to the surface. Currently there's a loophole
in the Safe Drinking Water Act that allows oil and gas companies to
frack without any testing of how those chemicals affect our air and
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input
and suggestions on the design of their fracking research study. The
EPA’s Science Advisory Board -- an independent, external federal
advisory committee -- recently recommended that the scope of the
upcoming EPA study of hydraulic fracturing be broad and encompass the
entire life cycle of these "frack jobs."