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Out of This World

Are we the only life-sustaining planet in the solar system? It’s a question many have pondered throughout the ages. Chesapeake Senior Geologist Steve Chipera is helping NASA find answers to this burning question. Along with a few scientific colleagues, Chipera is lending his expertise to an exciting element of NASA’s Mars Curiosity project. Through a one-of-a-kind invention, the group is helping NASA analyze soil and rock samples from the planet’s surface to help determine the possibility of life on Mars.

NASA isn’t the only one benefiting from the group’s innovative X-ray spectrometer though. Chesapeake is testing its use to examine drill cuttings by capturing mineral readings, which make sure the drillbit stays in the most profitable portions of the reservoir during drilling.

Read more in The Play about Steve Chipera’s out of this world invention.

 

Meet Nomac’s Newest Line of Luxury Rigs

From best in class safety measures to an air conditioned driller’s cabin, Nomac’s newest line of PeakeRigs is turning heads. While each rig is decked out with a unique look to its doghouse — ranging from a salute to our military employees to supporting breast cancer awareness — it’s what’s under the hood that has most people stopping to take notice.

Equipped with the best in market top drive and integrated rig walkers, these next generation marvels are helping increase efficiency and create an unrivaled safe environment.

Take a closer look at some of the PeakeRig’s amazing new features.

 

Recycling Resources

Whether it is a warm shower in the winter or a carwash in the summer, we all rely heavily on our municipal water supply. As an energy producer, Chesapeake understands the importance of conserving water and is always looking for new ways to improve its overall water footprint.

With the success of AquaRenew®, Chesapeake’s internal water recycling initiative, the company has gone the extra mile once again to save even more water and promote self-sustaining operations. Despite the long-held industry belief that only freshwater could be used to successfully complete a well, forward-thinking minds at Chesapeake have proven that recycled produced water is a real alternative to freshwater usage in the Mississippi Lime.

Read more in The Play about Chesapeake’s water recycling efforts in this Oklahoma play.

 

Adapting Success, Improving Efficiency

Steering the drillbit — or geosteering — from afar isn’t necessarily a new concept in the natural gas and oil industry. Offshore operators have been doing it for several years as it was more practical for remote locations. Chesapeake, in an effort to maximize oil and natural gas return from its wells, is adapting this sophisticated technique for onshore use.

Through its acquisition of Horizon Oilfield Services in 2011, the company began its own internal Geosteering Division with the goal of perfecting its drilling process. Today this group maintains the Drilling Operations Center (DOC), where 30 geosteerers, also known as operational geologist, monitor drilling data 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Monitoring an average of 120 wells a day, this group makes sure the wellbore stays in the best rock, which ultimately means Chesapeake develops the best reserves at the lowest possible cost.

Read more in The Play about how Chesapeake’s DOC is adjusting this technique for onshore success.

 

Hidden Treasures

It’s everyone’s dream. From cleaning out the attic and stumbling upon a family heirloom to seeing the potential in something most have deemed junk, there is nothing quite as exciting as discovering a diamond in the rough.

While not as glitzy or glamorous as American Pickers or Flip This House, Chesapeake is doing a bit of its own repurposing through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield initiative. For 20 years the initiative has been taking abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties — some containing low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution — and restoring them to useful locations such as oil and natural gas wellsites.

In the Barnett Shale alone, the company has revitalized more than 20 locations into working natural gas sites that house more than 40 producing wells.

Learn more in The Play about how this environmental initiative is revitalizing neighborhoods and contributing millions in tax revenue and royalty payments to local communities.

 

Ever Greener

Chesapeake knows that how a product is produced is as important as the product itself. That’s why the company is committed to continually finding ways to reduce all aspects of its environmental footprint — including hydraulic fracturing.

Through the company’s Green Frac® program, Chesapeake has eliminated 25% of the additives used in its hydraulic fracturing fluids across its major shale plays. In addition, it has also taken a leading role in transparency through fracfocus.org.

Learn more about the launch of Chesapeake’s innovative Green Frac program in The Play.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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