Chief’s Operations Unaffected by Flood

Chief Oil & Gas has confirmed that none of its operations in Northeast Pennsylvania were damaged by the flooding that took place last week. 

Chief Oil & Gas has confirmed that none of its operations in Northeast Pennsylvania were damaged by the flooding that took place last week. Chief did discontinue operations (shut in wells) for two days at some locations during the flooding because there was no access to the wells due to road closures. Chief inspected all operations to verify the integrity of the infrastructure and found no problems. Chief has implemented many best practices over the past several years that have minimized the chance for any environmental impact in situations such as flooding.

All of Chief’s operations utilize a closed-loop drilling process, eliminating the storage of discarded drilling fluid in open reserve pits at the drilling site.  Earlier this year, Chief removed all existing drilling pits at all locations throughout the Marcellus.  With the closed loop system, all drilling fluids are stored in steel tanks.

Chief has never stored flowback water from hydraulic fracturing in open water impoundments and has never added flowback water to fresh water in open impoundments.

In investigations conducted after the flooding, Pennsylvania DEP officials confirmed that gas drilling operations in the area have not contributed to pollution of waterways.

Chief Oil & Gas supports local efforts to provide relief to families and communities affected by flooding. In conjunction with Tug Hill, Inc., Chief donated $250,000 for flood relief efforts.