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January 27, 2009

Fuel firm helping to provide heat

A drilling company has donated $50,000 to help Pennsylvania families struggling to pay their home-heating bills.

Chief Oil & Gas donated $10,000 of that amount for Cambria and Somerset residents during a ceremony Tuesday at Pitt-Johnstown’s Living/ Learning Center.

Catholic Charities in Cambria County and Tableland Services in Somerset County each received $5,000.

Bill McKinney, president of United Way of Laurel Highlands, said, “This contribution comes at a perfect time as we see a growing need for utility assistance in our counties.”

Chief Oil & Gas with corporate headquarters in Dallas, leased more than 500,000 acres for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale, a formation that runs from the southern New York through Pennsylvania, into the eastern half of Ohio and through Maryland and West Virginia.

In Pennsylvania, the formation extends from the Appa-lachian plateau into the western valley and ridge.

Chief Oil & Gas expects to drill 40 to 45 wells and have four to five drilling rigs running in multiple counties throughout the Marcellus shale in the next year.

“We hope that this donation will make it a little easier for families to pay their energy bill this winter,” said Kristi Gittins, vice president of communications for Chief.

“We understand many families are struggling, and we welcome the opportunity to give back to the communities where we operate.”

In Pennsylvania, Chief also has funded scholarships and made donations to local fire departments and emergency providers to ensure continued education and provide safety gear.

Chief Oil & Gas is a privately held, independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves from fields throughout the continental U.S.

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