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Range Resources Donates $50K

Southpointe-based oil and gas asks others to match it up to $25K.

Mike Mackin of Range Resources said even though spring is on its way, temperatures have been frigid -- with wet, heavy snow having permeated the region just the other day.

And he said the company wants to make sure it does its part to make sure local families stay warm through the rest of winter.

Range Resources last week donated $50,000 to the Dollar Energy Fund's annual Warmathon, with a commitment to match other individual and business donations up to $25,000.

"While development of the Marcellus Shale is putting Pennsylvanians back to work and also keeping energy prices low, we recognize that many of our neighbors and folks throughout Western Pennsylvania have fallen on tough times," a company senior vice president, Ray Walker, said in a release. "Range wants to do its part to keep our neighbors warm and help heat their homes during these cold months."

Dollar Energy Fund Chief Executive Officer Cindy Datig lauded the Southpointe-based oil and gas company for its support -- both this year and in the past.

"I admire their courage to call on others to support our mission, as well," she said in a statement. "There's a great need and with their help, we can fulfill it."

Mackin said Range's donation is earmarked specifically for families in Washington County who qualify for energy assistance through the Dollar Energy Fund.

He added that last year, Range's $100,000 donation was enough to fund the utility bills for all qualified families in the Washington County area who sought help through Dollar Energy.

This year, the Warmathon raised almost $400,000.

Since 1983, Dollar Energy Fund has provided utility assistance and other services to qualifying families. For more information on the Dollar Energy Fund and how to apply to the Hardship Program, or to donate, visit its website here.

Marc February 26, 2011 at 07:05 PM
The usual Range spin doctors at work again. Most workers are from out of state and drilling is NOT keeping natural gas prices low as Range mouthpieces they spout. People's and Columbia gas recently raised their prices. They can stick their $50K. In exchange, we get ruined environment, health problems, declined property values, etc. They use and abuse, and then move on to another area. This is the WORST thing in my lifetime. Check out the horror stories caused by range and other gas producers. It is all out there on the Web to see. Don't be blind and misled. This is life and death.
joe February 27, 2011 at 01:27 PM
The tiny number (46) anti drilling group in peters twp needs to wake up ! As soon as the council passes a drilling regulation the majority of residents will stand behind council. The next step is to have council and schoolboard open the twp property and gain taxpayers a few dollars. My grandfather once told me "if you happen to stumble upon some money dont be too lazy to bend over and pick it up ! " The anti group is all fear and made up facts. Range has done a great job with their charitable donations. How much has the hate group kicked in ?
Kiley March 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Guess Range Resources will continue in its attempts to buy off everyone in the township. Once they get started in this township, property values are going straight to you-know-where. The small amount most people stand to gain is not going to help when the township is a wasteland.
joe March 17, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Lets reason with Kiley. Im guessing you have a ticket for the gasland propaganda that will be showing at our middleschool ? And im thinking you are not a large land owner ? And you are not a property right kind of thinker? And you heat your home with solar ? cant be gas or electricity from coal ? And you are willing to pay more to buy gas from south america ? And you are willing to tell the people in sw pa that these new jobs should go some where else ? Dont give me any made up facts , scare tactics wont work, the truth will find a real cause like stop the chemicals everyone sprays on the lawns.
Kiley March 17, 2011 at 07:22 PM
I believe in my property rights to deny heavy industry from infiltrating my RESIDENTIAL neighborhood. If you are a large land owner and want to become enriched by gas drilling money, have your property rezoned to industrial, because that is what gas drilling is. I do not choose to live in an industrial park, perhaps you do. I am also in favor of my right to ENJOY my property without the shadow of a rig on it. I am also in favor of my property value appreciating NOT depreciating. We export a lot of natural gas to other countries, so don't think the gas drilled here will stay here. I am all for job development through sustainable development.
joe March 17, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Kiley once again you have no facts. just opinion based on nothing. Show me a fact and i will listen. 46 anti drilling people against 20 thousand + other residents and more important state law. Good luck, and thanks for trying to kill jobs in our county and state. Get some facts and try again. you will probably find them in the gasland movie im sure.
Kiley March 17, 2011 at 08:37 PM
From 2007-2010, less than 3,000 jobs were created in the Marcellus Shale boom here in PA. In 2008, US exports of natural gas included: (in million cubic feet) 732,532 to Canada, 324,908 to Mexico, 3279 to Brazil, 2873 to India, 32,922 to Japan.
joe March 17, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Kiley thanks that was great. Your job grouth numbers are close and with most of thatgrowth in butler and washington county. good job ! And natural gas exports support my ideas ! Do you think saudi arabians pay 4 bucks a gallon for gasoline .? Thanks the facts do show us the way
Vera March 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Joe , what made up facts are you talking about,the New York Times article that shows high levels of radiation in wells where there is drilling? Or the people that light up water out of the tap. Coincidence ,Magic? Most people who are infavor of the drilling either have gas leases.or do business with the gas companies in one way or another. Most countries already pay more for gas than we do . We may have to get used to it. The bottom line is we need to find cleaner ,safer fuel alternatives, but until then we need to have tighter regulations on these industries that have been allowed to regulate themselves.
joe March 18, 2011 at 02:26 PM
vera that nytimes article is as creditable as the gasland movie. Get some real facts not propaganda. So we should burn more coal for energy ? no nuchlear ? i know wind mills can handle it all !!!!

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