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UPDATED: Range Resources Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Headquarters

The event took place Thursday morning in Southpointe.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 2:24 p.m. to include more photos. A very special thank you to Tejas Gosai from TheMarcellusShale.com—who kindly allowed us to use his work! It was again updated at 3:10 p.m. to include comment from Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan. To check out more of Gosai's photos—as well as video—click here.

Dignitaries from Washington County joined Southpointe-based Range Resources for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new multi-million headquarters.

Diana Irey Vaughan, who attended along with her fellow county commissioners,  lauded the Marcellus Shale innovator, and called the company a "great community partner"—adding that its success is also the success of the county's many nonprofits, which receive charitable contributions from Range.

And that's not all.

"Range Resources can be credited for discovering the Marcellus Shale in this area," she said. And along with Consol's headquarters, she said Range is helping put Washington County on the map as an energy epicenter.

"It's a day to celebrate," Vaughan said, then added: "And it's a beautiful building."

Canon-McMillan Patch did not receive an invite to the event. No further information was available, as spokesman Matt Pittzarella did not return a message on his cell phone. Spokesman Mike Mackin did not immediately return an email seeking further information.

Alexander M. Cianfracco January 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Why wasn't Patch invited? That's disrespectful.
Marc January 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
While they lap it up in luxury, many are suffering permanent ill health effects due to Range’s covert disregard for health, well-being, and property values. Our area will soon be polluted to the point that we cannot breathe the air, drink the water or plant in the soil. Marcellus is only good for those that sold their rights (sole) to the gas company, made a lot of (blood) money, and are smart enough to get out of town. The rest of us did not sell our environment for your personal gain. Now, we ALL will suffer. Thank YOU for permitting the permanent ruination of our once desirable lifestyle. And please, do not believe the Range mouthpieces’ propaganda. THEY LIE!!! THEY CHEAT!!! THEY DON”T CARE!!! This gas hype is the biggest SCAM of the 21st century!!!
Paul Smith January 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
hmmmm many govt. officials there, but I do not see any Cecil Twp. Supervisors ????
Alexander M. Cianfracco January 20, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Was it just County Commissioners? Were the township supervisors, or our state rep or senator invited? Seems strange, especially for such a good neighbor as Range...
Amanda Gillooly January 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Smitty and Alexander, I spoke with state Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-North Strabane) and state Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Canonsburg) and they both attended yesterday's event. However, reached on the matter, state Rep. Jesse White (D-Cecil) said: "No, I wasn't there because I wasn't invited, which is fine because as much as I would have enjoyed the punch and pie with my friends and constituents at Range, I actually had other legislative business to attend to. I actually hope the lack of an invitation was deliberate, because I would hate to think that a company charged with complex reporting on critical environmental issues would be flummoxed by the task of preparing an invite list. I don't need them to like me, I need them to work with me to develop Marcellus Shale policy in a responsible way—and I hope we can continue to do that."
Amanda Gillooly January 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Smitty, just talked to Don Gennuso—yes there were supervisors present (just not pictured).
Tejas Gosai January 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM
1. Mr. Smith, relax... Cecil Twp. Supervisor Frank Ludwin was there cutting the ribbon. Thank god, what would happen in Pennsylvania if he was not there, phew. 2. Marc - educate yourself and then display your phone number and email for me or our reporters to call you about your comments, as beautiful as they are, do not say that, "THEY DON”T CARE," there are multiple logical reasons that they do care, e.g., the simple act of building the building states they "care," at least about their employees, which are SWPA citizens (People love working at that front desk). 3. Who cares if Range cares or not (in regards to the invitations and grand opening)... there is a 5 story, 180,000 sq.ft. building, which was built with Union skilled labor in 320 days. If they had not built that building there, they could have put it in Ohio or West Virginia... and then I'm sure everyone would be singing a different tune if that happens. 4. Also realize, every rig that moves over to another state means 200 jobs the state of PA loses. PA, regulate, regulate, regulate, but in the meantime, watch everyone else take our jobs, great job fellow citizens. 5. To Range Resources... you better get your act together and extend that guest list to include my mom, she is also pissed about missing the bash. Want to discuss? check out our site, www.themarcellusshale.com or listen to us on KDKA (sat, 2:00), The Marcellus Shale and You. Email us direct info@themarcellusshale.com

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