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Getting the Next Generation Engaged in the Oilfield

Posted By Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Relations, Monday, October 24, 2016

How just one day can, turn “I like” into “I love” for the oil and gas business

Recently, on a cool Saturday morning OOGA President David Hill and I took students from the geology programs of Muskingum University and Kent State University on a series of oilfield site visits. The idea behind the trip came from a couple of talks David and I gave at Kent State (my alma mater) and Muskingum (David’s alma mater) awhile back. At the conclusion of the discussion and questions the idea of showing the students what was happening in the field was an opportunity neither they nor us could pass up. This is the second time we have hosted this trip. The first was just with Kent State, while this year we were able to add Muskingum. Hopefully from here, it continues to grow.

First location:

We started with visiting a PDC Energy Utica Shale production pad just on the outskirts of Senecaville in the heart of both Guernsey County and the shale gas play. David was able to show the students how the well was put into production, the equipment on site to manage that production as well as the state of the art technology used to make it all work. 

Second location:

David took us all to one of his Clinton Sandstone wells. He was able to show the students at this location the technology used to make this well pump and function. Here he took the opportunity to discuss the difference in wells from the first location to the second. We then moved further into the farmer’s field to check out the tanks and meters he had on site. 

Third location:

Lastly, David showed us his Class 2 Injection well. As he shared with the group, “you can’t have production without injection”. Here we watched as one of the delivery trucks unloaded and then we moved into the pump house to see how the fluid was moved from the tanks down the wellbore. Here everyone was able to see how the entire site functioned. Then we moved outside and down the hill to look at the well head. Here David was able to show how everything was managed as he pointed out to the equipment and gages. 

Then it was off to lunch (and to warm up as the cool turned to cold as the day progressed) to discuss what our guest saw today as well as what is happening in the industry. Many of the questions surrounded when will the industry come back and what will it look like when it does. The very inquisitive bunch asked about internships, who was active in Ohio, how do they get involved and what are some of the best classes to study.

Afterwards as everyone said their thanks and good byes and made their way outside to make the trek back home, I asked David what he thought of the day and what motivates him to spend a Saturday missing his grandson’s playoff football game to do this. Check out his President’s comments in the next bulletin to see his response. 

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