A natural gas driller with a significant presence in Pennsylvania, Range Resources Corp., submitted its first hydraulic fracturing disclosure forms to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The information covers the first three Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania that Range has hydraulically fractured since implementation of the voluntary initiative. As additional Marcellus wells are drilled, Range will provide similar information within approximately 30 days of completion.

Range announced its voluntary initiative to disclose Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing additives July 14. Other companies are likely to follow Range’s lead, according to Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy In Depth, a coalition of independent gas producers.

“The industry has nothing to hide,” Fuller said. “A 2004 study found that fracing does not contaminate the water supplies.”

Earlier this year, the EPA announced a two-year study that officials there said would be more thorough than the 2004 study.

“The 2004 study looked into coal bed methane extraction,” said a spokesperson for EPA. “This will look into the natural gas well extraction.”

In addition to submitting the information to the DEP, Range posted it its website, www.rangeresources.com, as well.

— J.L.K