PennDOT Partnership Project
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) offers a unique opportunity to partner with our industry to reconstruct deteriorated roadways within the Commonwealth. The goal of this type of project is to proactively upgrade infrastructure to support heavy hauling and improve public safety.
In 2019, Chief Oil & Gas pursued a partnership project with PennDOT to upgrade road infrastructure in Sullivan and Lycoming County. The following film, highlighting pre-existing and post construction conditions, was developed to capture the efforts between Chief and state government.
Elk Creek Stream Restoration
Elk Creek is a tributary that feeds into Loyalsock Creek, an exceptional value, high quality, cold water trout stream in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. Over the past 40 years, the stream bank has been negatively impacted by more than six significant flood events. Much of the trout habitat is gone, stream bank erosion is severe, and the stream channel continues to shift.
Chief Oil & Gas partnered with the Sullivan County Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission over the last three years to design and implement multiple phases of stream restoration along Elk Creek. Each phase focused on a specific section of the stream and involved upgrading the stream bank with a variety of log vanes and mud sills to protect the stream bank from erosion and to re-establish trout habitat that was degraded after the floods.
This project was a team effort and involved a variety of stakeholders. The Fish & Boat Commission designed the project and obtained necessary permits from the state regulatory agencies. The Conservation District managed the project, procured the necessary supplies (including rebar, logs, stone and geotextile) and managed the heavy equipment operators. Chief Oil & Gas provided the funding, volunteers, safety equipment and catering for the projects. Local companies provided supplies and vendors working with Chief also provided manpower and volunteers.
Thanks to this partnership, the stream banks remain stable and vegetation flourishes. Aquatic life is also showing improvement in and among the new habitat.
Uncommon Knowledge Interview with Trevor Rees-Jones
Chief Oil & Gas Chairman Trevor Rees-Jones was featured on Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, where he provided an in-depth look at the history of natural gas development in the U.S., the importance of technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and the potential for American energy independence.
Interview Part 1 (08:51)
Chief’s Chairman and Founder, Trevor Rees-Jones, describes how his early career as a lawyer working on oil and gas bankruptcies led him to discover his passion for the energy industry. After nearly a decade of struggling with unsuccessful drilling ventures, he continued to work toward achieving his goals and founded Chief Oil & Gas in 1994.
Interview Part 2 (08:08)
In part two, Trevor Rees-Jones describes the hydraulic fracturing process, crediting the early experimentation of George Mitchell with refining the technique for completion in shale formations, which eventually revolutionized the natural gas industry. Trevor Rees-Jones explains how Chief was among the first companies to use hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to extract gas from the Barnett Shale in Texas.
Interview Part 3 (16:58)
In part three, Trevor Rees-Jones walks through the common environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, explaining the best practices that Chief utilizes in order to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. Rees-Jones also discusses the regulatory environment affecting natural gas development, as well as the economic benefits of increased natural gas production.
Interview Part 4 (11:27)
Trevor Rees-Jones discusses the potential for American energy independence, noting that we now have more than a 100-year supply of natural gas. He also describes the potential for exporting to other countries and efforts of other nations to develop their own energy sources.
Interview Part 5 (17:04)
In the final part of his interview, Trevor Rees-Jones discusses how domestic natural gas and oil production in the U.S. can help lower the cost of energy to an average family and provide an “extraordinary” positive economic benefit. He also discusses how energy has improved quality of life over the years.