From Hobby to Career, Chief Environmental Coordinator Protects PA Waterways

John Pittenger’s lifetime goal is to travel across the country to catch every species of trout in North America.

John Pittenger’s favorite place to be is outdoors in the middle of a pristine stream fishing for trout.

John Pittenger with a brown trout from the Salmon River in New YorkPittenger, a Chief Gathering employee and Montoursville, Pennsylvania native, has been interested in fishing since he was a child. His lifetime goal is to travel across the country to catch every species of trout in North America. 

His passion has taken him to Utah, Montana, Wyoming, California, and New Mexico and so far he’s caught 29 out of 68 species.

But it is his job with Chief that has brought him back to the place he has always loved; his hometown and the streams and waterways of Pennsylvania.

Fishing a cutthroat on the Bitterroot River, MontanaPittenger, 28, attended Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and majored in environmental science and biology. As an Environmental Coordinator for Chief Gathering, Pittenger works to ensure that the company’s pipeline operations are in compliance with all environmental regulations and policies and with his own personal commitment to preserve and protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

“I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors and wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to work in the environmental field. I feel blessed that I am able to work in my hometown for a company that matches my dedication to protecting Pennsylvania waterways.”

John will continue his travels this August on a 7-day fishing trip, where he hopes to catch some of the nine species of trout that reside in the streams of Oregon and Nevada.

Chief Oil & Gas is committed to improving the communities where it operates through economic development while protecting the environment.