Range Resources aggressive bullying may backfire

The Reputation Institute in New York and a professor of public relations at Syracuse University think the aggressive bullying and intimidation tactics used by Range Resources are ill-advised.

Texas Fracker Accused of Bully Tactics Against Foes
By Mark Drajem – Feb 18, 2013

Update: And I just have to add that the quote from Matt Pitzarella is hilarious.

Pitzarella said. “It’s fair to say that we may take a different approach from others from time to time, but no different than a lot of individuals or businesses.”

“It’s just in a different light given the work we do. We accept that and embrace it,” he said.

It seems he is admitting that they are big bullies but it’s okay because there are a lot of other bullies out there. And “in light of the work” they do, they kind of have to bully.

And this is the same guy who said:

 “We have several former [military] psy ops folks that work for us at Range because they’re very comfortable in dealing with localized issues and local governments. Really all they do is spend most of their time helping folks develop local ordinances and things like that. But very much having that understanding of psy ops in the Army and in the Middle East has applied very helpfully here for us in Pennsylvania.”

About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. says

    Pride goeth before the fall. Arrogant folks do eventually pay up, as evidenced by the following quote made by the Plant Controller at a Southeast Texas plastics and rubber plant:

    “Safety is a line item on the plant’s profit and loss sheet. Lawsuit settlements are a line item on the corporation’s profit and loss sheet. Which one do you think we’ll [i.e. the plant] do?”

    $11.25 million dollars later in the form of a settlement for a widow and her son, the answer was apparent to all.

  2. GhostBlogger says

    FuelFix also picked up on this piece, so, Range can’t just hide for a few days & pretend no one remembers their actions.

  3. Dory says

    “It also is a large supporter of agricultural youth scholarships, the United Way and other area charitable causes, he (Pitzarella ) said.”

    uh-ohhhh is Range Resources exploiting and indoctrinating children????? Betty Sutliff of the Wayne County Landowner and Member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance (NWPOA) and “guest blogger” for EID/IPAA won’t like that……

    Energy-in-Depth/IPAA, What about the Children?

    • says

      Paid Liar Pitz referred to this as a “retread of a story resolved two years ago”. As usual, the Bully Cowards never comment on the parts of the story they can’t speak to. Denying that Ed Rendell worked on behalf of Range in lobbying the EPA to drop it’s order against Range doesn’t mean he didn’t.