Chief Oil & Gas is committed to being actively involved in the communities where we operate. Our outreach focuses on a variety of community stakeholders including educational institutions, environmental and conservation organizations, and local businesses / chambers of commerce. We are proud to provide sponsorships for the annual county fairs and chamber of commerce events while our philanthropy focuses on funding for emergency responders, public safety partners and environmental projects in the region. We don’t just work in the community, we live here as well.
Bradford County Green Career Day
Chief Oil & Gas sponsored and participated in the annual Bradford County Conservation District’s Green Career Day event hosted at Sunfish Pond in LeRoy Township. The event provided an introduction to a variety of career paths focused on environmental and natural resources for 8th grade students across Bradford County. Read the article in The Daily Review for more information on this event, Sunfish and Students: Annual Green Career Day Shows off Outdoor Opportunities.
Bradford County Flood Relief
In August 2018, flash flooding negatively impacted the northern tier region of Bradford and Sullivan Counties in Pennsylvania. Chief Oil & Gas assisted with flood relief efforts across the counties and provided funding to repair a private bridge in Forksville, PA. The teams volunteered through partnerships with the American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Team Rubicon. Relief efforts included transporting pallets of water to distribution areas, cleaning up neighborhoods, debris and trash removal along stream banks, and assessing needs of residents.
Barclay Mountain Heritage Day
Chief Oil & Gas was proud to sponsor the first Barclay Heritage Day held in August 2018 in LeRoy Township, Bradford County. The purpose of the inaugural event was to celebrate the history of Barclay Mountain and to showcase the past industries that thrived in the region over the last century. In addition, we were able to highlight the ongoing natural gas development in the region. The event raised funds to support the renovation of a new museum in the township. Read the article in The Daily Review for more information on this event, Entertaining Education; Barclay Mountain Heritage Day Keeps History Alive.
Elk Creek Stream Restoration – Phase IV
Chief Oil & Gas, in partnership with the Sullivan County Conservation District and the PA Fish and Boat Commission, continued its stream restoration project along Elk Creek in Sullivan County, PA. Phase IV of this project included the installation of two cross-vanes across the Hoagland Branch (tributary to Elk Creek) and 240 feet of modified mudsill. Due to the impacts of flash flooding during the week, the log vane installation was postponed until next year.
In 2018, Chief Oil & Gas was recognized for the Elk Creek stream restoration project by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission with the Stewardship Award and the Sullivan County Conservation District as the Conservationist of the Year.
Grand Slam Parade
Each August, Lycoming Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Grand Slam Parade in downtown Williamsport, Pennsylvania to kick off the start of the Little League World Series. This year marked the 14th annual event, with approximately 40,000 people attending the festivities throughout the day. Chief Oil & Gas’ sponsorship helped to host the Sullivan County High School band’s first appearance in this parade.
Forksville Heritage Sign
The Forksville Heritage sign was dedicated in July 2018. This was a partnership project between the Sullivan County Historical Society, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Endless Mountain Heritage Region (EMHR) and Chief Oil & Gas. The sign provides a historical overview of the creation of the town of Forksville and showcases its industrial heritage, such as a saw mill, grist mill, wagon makers, blacksmiths, upholstery shop, hardware store, cobbler shop, hat shop, and a woolen mill since its establishment in 1797.
Chief Oil & Gas continued its annual support of the Pennsylvania Envirothon competitions in north central Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Pennsylvania Envirothon.
Bradford County Conservation District – Earth Day 2018
Chief Oil & Gas proudly sponsored the 2018 Bradford County Earth day event held on April 21st in Wysox, PA. More than 1,000 people attended the four-hour event held at the Stoll Nature Center. Hands-on educational projects were designed to highlight conservation and environmental protection. The Energy Tent hosted representation and displays from upstream, midstream and downstream companies in the natural gas sector.
Career Day – Towanda Area High School
Chief Oil & Gas participated in a career day event hosted by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (NTRPDC). The event offered students an opportunity to learn about a variety of career opportunities, including those involved with the natural gas industry. More than 500 students from Bradford County ranging from 7th-12th grade participated in the fair.
PA State Police – Stuffed Animal Donation
Chief employees collected new stuffed animals throughout the month of November for the company’s annual holiday volunteer project. The stuffed animals were decorated with handmade name tags, scarves, tutus and bracelets by the family members of the Montoursville team. After they were decorated, the animals were then presented to representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police -Troop P to be distributed to those in need.
Richardson Corporate Challenge
Chief Oil & Gas participated in Richardson’s Corporate Challenge, a 10-week, city-managed, volunteer- assisted, Olympic-style competition among Richardson and other Dallas-Fort Worth area businesses. The event is held in the City of Richardson. Our teams raised money for the Special Olympics and participated in a variety of activities such as cycling, running, golf, kickball, volleyball, corn hole and darts.
Elk Creek Stream Restoration – Phase III
Chief Oil and Gas completed Phase III of the Elk Creek Restoration project in July. In Phase III, volunteers re-installed multi-log vanes that were displaced as a result of a significant flash flood event that occurred in October of 2016. Even with the displacement of the structures, much of the streambank was void of soil loss due to high water erosion. Phase III also included the installation of two additional multi-log vanes for habitat and water flow control, five root wad deflectors were placed into the bank, and more than 450 feet of additional modified mud sill was constructed to provide bank stability and in-stream habitat improvement.
Williamsport Chamber of Commerce - Grand Slam Science Festival
Chief Oil & Gas was happy to support the transportation of all 5th graders in Lycoming & Sullivan Counties to attend the Grand Slam Science Festival through a recent donation to the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce. More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in the 6th annual Science Festival at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. The festival provided hands-on insight into a host of related careers. Students were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.
Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association Convention
Chief Oil & Gas sponsored the 2017 Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association Convention held at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center in February. Pennsylvania Holstein Association promotes the Holstein dairy industry through ethical and lawful activities that enhance the profitability of Holstein dairy producers in Pennsylvania and beyond. For more information, visit PA Holsteins.
Buckner International - Shoes for Orphan Souls
In February, we collected new shoes for Buckner International’s “Shoes for Orphan Souls” program. Chief collected more than 100 pairs of shoes, 250 pairs of socks and $1,000 in cash for orphans and vulnerable children!
Donations were sent from our offices in Pennsylvania and Texas. To learn more visit Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.
Canton Hometown Heroes
Chief Oil & Gas recently donated to the Canton Hometown Heroes project which creates banners to honor veterans from local communities. Each banner highlights a veteran and identifies their branch of service and military contributions. In 2015, Chief supported the Tunkhannock Hometown Heroes banner project. For more information read the article in the Wyoming County Press Examiner.
Chief Oil & Gas was a sponsor of the annual Towanda Riverfest held in Bradford County. Hosted by the Towanda Borough, this three-day festival celebrates the Susquehanna River region with carnival rides, food and craft vendors, boat rides and a 5K Run/Walk. The event also produced a fireworks display and provided live entertainment throughout the weekend.
North Branch Susquehanna Chapter, Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Chief Oil & Gas is a sponsor of the North Branch Susquehanna chapter of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. The local chapter is based in LeRaysville, PA. The organization has hosted multiple fundraising events, participated in habitat enhancement projects with the state game commission and held youth hunting excursions throughout north central Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit North Branch Susquehanna, Delta Waterfowl.
Susquehanna Health Foundation Invitational
Representatives from Chief Oil & Gas participated in the annual fundraising tournament supporting the Susquehanna Health Foundation in Lycoming County. This year’s tournament raised funds to purchase specialized communications equipment that supports pre-hospital care in rural communities. The equipment allows for direct messaging from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units in the field to the hospital and provides secure transmission of patient information to the hospital. For more information about the tournament visit the Susquehanna Health page.
Chief Oil & Gas was a sponsor for the 141st Troy Fair held in Alparon Park from July 25-30th.
Elk Creek Stream Restoration – Phase II
In July, through the cooperative partnership of the Sullivan County Conservation District, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and Chief Oil & Gas, volunteers restored an additional 800 feet of stream bank in the Elk Creek Watershed located in Sullivan County. The restoration project began in 2015 when the partnership completed Phase I which involved the placement and construction of 15 multi-log vanes over 510 feet of stream channel. The goal of the project addressed stream bank stabilization and improved in-stream habitat.
The partnership completed Phase II in 2016. This part of the project continued the effort of stabilizing and creating additional habitat along an 800 foot section of stream. In this portion of the creek, six multi-log vanes, two root wads, and 220 feet of modified mud sill was constructed. Thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work. For additional information, read the Lycoming College article.
Lycoming County 4H Scholarship
In 2008, Chief Oil & Gas established an endowed scholarship with the Lycoming County 4Hin 2008. We were proud to provide this year’s scholarship to Ms. Paulhamus, a Penn State – Altoona college-bound freshman, one of the nine high school 4H applicants at the 146th annual Lycoming County Fair. For more information: Lycoming County 4H
Trout Unlimited Conservation Camp (LaPlume, PA)
As part of our commitment to support local environmental education and outreach programs, Chief Oil & Gas was a sponsor of the second annual Keystone College/Trout Unlimited Teens Conservation Summer Camp held in LaPlume, PA. The program was designed for students interested in fly fishing, conservation and environmental sciences related to coldwater watersheds. Campers experienced classroom and field training, were taught to tie flies, proper casting techniques and the history of fly fishing. For more information, visit Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited
For more information, visit Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited.
Lycoming County Camp Cadet (Allenwood, PA)
Chief Oil & Gas supported the annual fundraiser for the Lycoming County Camp Cadet program. The organization was formed in 1976 and is “designed to bring a better understanding between the youth of Lycoming County and its law enforcement officials.” While at camp the cadet participants experience a weeklong training program that introduces them to law enforcement and emergency responders. It also includes competitions in the following activities: water safety, tactics, crime scene investigations, firearms safety, bicycle safety and self-defense. Visit Lycoming County Camp Cadet
Chief was proud to participate at the 33rd Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition held at Susquehanna University and Camp Mount Luther on May 24th and 25th. High school students from 65 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year’s event. Five-member teams competed in a series of field station tests that focused on the following topic areas 1) soils and land use, 2) aquatic 3) ecology, 4) forestry, 5) wildlife, and 6) environmental issues.
For more information and the results of the competition, visit: Envirothon PA or PA Envirothon Facebook page.
In addition to the statewide competition, Chief sponsored countywide competitions in the following counties:
- Lycoming / Sullivan
Troy Elementary School, Bradford County, PA
As part of the Bradford County Conservation District’s environmental career day program, Chief Oil & Gas was asked to present at the Troy Elementary School about pre-drill water well testing. Our team focused on the regulatory requirements and process for water well testing and demonstrated how these samples are analyzed.
PA Chamber Foundation - Workforce Summit featuring Mike Rowe
Chief Oil & Gas was a sponsor of the Pennsylvania Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Workforce Summit featuring Mike Rowe (from the TV show “Dirty Jobs” and The Mike Rowe Works Foundation) in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit PA Chamber Foundation.
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS)
Chief Oil & Gas sponsored the 2016 PSATS educational conference held at the Hershey Lodge, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. A seminar hosted by Chief featured a representative from the Sullivan County Conservation District who discussed the benefits of working with partners on stream restoration projects. The presentation focused on public/private partnerships and provided insight to participants for developing their own successful relationships.
For more information, visit PSATS.
Northeast Regional Contractors & Engineers Workshop
The 22nd annual Northeast Regional Contractors and Engineers Workshop was hosted at Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. More than 260 contractors, township supervisors, local elected officials and representatives from state regulatory agencies participated in this one-day educational event. Chief Oil & Gas was an event sponsor and hosted a booth at the conference again this year.
Northern Tier Career Days
Chief Oil & Gas recently participated in two career day events hosted by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (NTRPDC). The events took place at the Sullivan County High School and the Towanda Area High School and offered students an opportunity to learn about a variety of career opportunities, including those involved with the natural gas industry. More than 700 students ranging from 7th-12th grade participated.
Keystone Coldwater Conference
The 2016 Keystone Coldwater Conference was hosted on February 26-27 in State College, PA. Chief Oil & Gas participated as a co-presenter to highlight a public-private partnership project completed along Elk Creek in Sullivan County, PA in June 2015. The presentation titled, Partnerships in Stream Restoration, was led by the Sullivan County Conservation District.
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Representatives from Chief Oil & Gas participated in the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation Live Auction event at the 100th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Chief supported the organization with a purchase of a market swine raised in Susquehanna County and is also a corporate member of the scholarship foundation. Chief representatives also attended the public official’s breakfast which featured four former Pennsylvania Secretaries of Agriculture who discussed the transformation of the Farm Show over the last 100 years.
Environmental Project: Elk Creek Stream Restoration (Phase 1)
In June 2015, the Sullivan County Conservation District, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and Chief Oil & Gas conducted a week-long stream restoration project along Elk Creek in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. Elk Creek is a high-quality (HQ), exceptional value (EV) fresh water trout stream that sustained stream damage during a flooding incident in 2011. The project resulted in the installation of 15 multi-log deflectors in the stream that will provide increased fish habitat and decrease the sediment loss from the stream bank.
For more information on this project:
Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company awards banquet
In December, Chief was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company in Shunk, Pennsylvania.
Our donation supplied fully stocked EMT medic bags, uniforms and radios for the five firefighters who completed the Emergency
Management Training (EMT) course at Penn College in Williamsport, PA.
Five Rivers Council
Chief has been a proud sponsor of the Five Rivers Council – Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since 2011. Our annual donations
have been allocated to support scholarships for summer campers attending events at Camp Brule in Sullivan County, PA.
We appreciate the opportunity to partner with this organization and to support the Boy Scouts.
Canton Volunteer Fire Department Annual Banquet
Chief is proud to partner with local emergency responders in the areas where we have operations. In November, along with
local elected officials and more than 150 regional fire company volunteers, we attended the annual Canton Fire Department
awards banquet and graciously accepted this plaque that was presented to our team for our continued partnership. Visit the Canton Volunteer Fire Department.
Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Council
In 2015, Chief was a sponsor of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment annual environmental leadership awards banquet.
The banquet honors some of our community partners for their dedication and effort in conservation.
For more information about this event, Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Sullivan County Fair
In addition to supporting the Troy and Sullivan County Fairs, Chief sponsored the 4H Discovery and Play Area
exhibit featured at each of these events. The display consisted of a child-sized barn, home, garden and
farmer’s market and provided an interactive play and educational area for the entire family to enjoy. The
purpose of the exhibit was to reach out “to those interested in animal health and production, entomology,
crop farming, vegetable production” and a variety of other topics including "the care and use of our natural
For updates on these local 4H programs, follow:
Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds - Clean Water Initiative
In 2014, funding for the Clean Water Initiative was established through a cooperative effort between the Wyoming County Conservation District, the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair Association, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and public and private donors. The project was designed to capture rainwater runoff from the agricultural barns through a series of connected downspouts and collect it in special tanks for future use. The project was constructed throughout the year and a dedication ceremony was held in September during the Wyoming County Fair.
County Fair highlights clean water initiative
Clean Water Initiative Aided by Natural Gas Companies
Clean Water Initiative
Green Career Day
Chief was a presenting sponsor at the annual Bradford County Green Career Day at Mt. Pisgah. Hundreds of
students from Bradford and Tioga County attended this event that featured different stations showcasing a
variety of environmental career pathways. One of Chief’s environmental specialists was on hand to discuss
his career and to show students how natural gas exploration and production companies comply with state and
federal regulations to protect the environment while developing our natural resources.
Green Career Day Showcases Opportunities
Bradford County Youth Field Day
Chief was proud to be a sponsor of the annual Bradford County Youth Field Day that hosted more than 200 families from the county for a day of education and outdoor activities at Mt. Pisgah State Park. Chief’s donation supported the Clyde Peeling Reptiland presentation.
Click here to see pictures of the event: Bradford County Youth Field Day
Also in August, Chief was proud to support the following events:
- Founders Day (Dushore, Sullivan County, PA)
- Women in the Wilds (Mt. Pisgah State Park, Bradford County, PA)
- Susquehanna Health Foundation Invitational (Lycoming County, PA)
Members of the Chief team attended the annual AgProgress Days event and volunteered at the Marcellus Shale Coalition Energy Tent to answer questions about energy development and its relationship with the agricultural community. The three-day event is hosted by the Penn State Department of Agriculture and is the largest outdoor agricultural exposition in the Commonwealth. Visit AgProgress.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest
Chief participates with Hunters Sharing the Harvest, a program that facilitates the processing and distribution of donated venison across Pennsylvania to local and regional food banks. For more information: Visit Hunters Sharing the Harvest.
Lycoming County Fair, 4H Scholarship
In 2008, Chief Oil & Gas established an endowed scholarship with the Lycoming County 4H program. Each year, a college-bound recipient is chosen to receive this award which is presented at the county fair. For more information on the 2015 winners: 2015 Winners
Canton Fireman’s Fair
The annual Canton fireman’s fair is hosted each July and is the main fundraiser for the fire department. Chief made a donation to the fire company to support their goal of purchasing specialized fire equipment. Canton Fireman’s Fair
Lackawanna County Trout Unlimited (TU) Conservation Camp
Chief was a sponsor of the Lackawanna County Trout Unlimited Conservation Camp held at Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. Students learned the fundamentals of fly-fishing including tie-flying, casting and fish habitat. In addition, they learn about watershed biology and other conservation practices. Donations were used as scholarships for students to attend the week long camp. Lackawanna County Trout Unlimited Conservation Camp
Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company
In continuation of our support for local fire companies in the areas where we are operating, Chief made a contribution to the Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company in Shunk, PA during their annual chicken barbeque fundraiser.
Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Energy & Education Expo
Chief participated in the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Energy & Education Expo in May. There were a variety of educational topics presented in break-out sessions during the expo as well as 100 vendors from the local region.
For more on this expo: Energy and Education Expo
Bradford County Envirothon
The annual Bradford County Envirothon, hosted by the county conservation district, was held at the Mt. Pisgah county park in Springfield Township. This is a team competition for high school students to test their knowledge and skills in forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils and other current issues.
For updates from the Bradford County Conservation district, follow: Conservation District Updates
Vehicular Career Day
Over 600 students from Bradford, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties participated in the annual Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium’s (NTIEC) vehicular career day held at the Harford Fairgrounds in Milford, PA (Susquehanna County). Twenty-two vendors, along with Chief Oil & Gas, hosted stations to discuss different career opportunities and educational pathways. Chief has participated in this event for many years and focuses on safety and environmental protection.
Vehicular Career Day Shows how Shale Drives Jobs
Big Trucks and Equipment help Teach Career Options
Also in May, Chief supported the following events:
- Senator Yaw’s Student Government Seminar (Penn College of Technology, Williamsport, PA)
- Susquehanna County Envirothon
Wyoming County Conservation District’s 21st Annual Northeast Regional Contractor & Engineers Workshop
Chief Oil & Gas is a sponsor of the annual municipal officials meeting hosted by the Wyoming County Conservation District at Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. This conference features presentations by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, DCNR, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners, PennDOT and other local agencies.
Sullivan County Food Bank
Chief volunteered at the Sullivan County Food Bank to distribute bi-monthly donations to local area residents in need. The organization is also a distributor of the donated venison received through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.
Winterfest – Sullivan County
Chief Oil & Gas was a sponsor of the Endless Mountain Nature Preserve educational show at the Kiwanis Club of Sullivan County’s annual Winterfest. For more information, visit Kiwanis Club of Sullivan County.