Corporate social responsibility is a core value at Chief Oil & Gas. We are proud to give back to the communities where we operate. Public safety, open and honest communication, ethical business practices and good neighbor initiatives are all an important part of how we do business each and every day.
Chief Oil & Gas has been drilling and producing clean natural gas for more than a decade, and we are proud of our environmental record as well as the way in which we have responsibly protected water and natural resources.
Chief implements best management practices (BMP's) which exceed many regulatory requirements. These BMP's include multi-well pad drilling, recycling nearly 100% of produced water, using a closed-loop system for drill cuttings, and reporting our well completion activity on the hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure website, FracFocus.org.
Chief Oil & Gas is committed to operating with high standards and have an equally high corporate concern for public safety. We are proud of our long-standing record of safe operations at our drilling, completion and production locations.
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
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: http://www.envirothonpa.org/ or PA Envirothon
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 SCCTC.
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. http://www.cantonfire.org/
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. http://agsci.psu.edu/apd
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: http://www.sharedeer.org/
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. http://lackawannavalleytu.com/flycamp/
Hunts for Healing
In June, Chief participated in the annual “Old Glory” fundraising event held in Susquehanna County to support Hunts for Healing. For more on the regional program that works with wounded veterans, visit: http://www.huntsforhealing.org/
Also in June, Chief sponsored the following events:
- Lycoming County Camp Cadet
- Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (Harrisburg, PA)
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: http://www.sckiwanis.com/