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Geology students from Kent State University and Muskingum University recently took part in a tour sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
The tour included a Utica Shale production pad owned by PDC Energy, located just outside Senecaville, a Clinton Sandstone well and a Class 2 injection well, both owned by David Hill of Guernsey County, who is also president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
“The reason we host these site visits is we think that it is absolutely critical to get the next generation ready for the challenges they will face in this industry,” Hill said “They will be the problem solvers of tomorrow.”
In addition to being president of OOGA, Hill is also a graduate of Muskingum University.
Mike Chadsey, director of public relations for OOGA, also had a personal interest in the tour.
“Today was a proud day for me as a Kent State alumnus, to watch how these Kent State students showed their passion for our shared industry was very special for me,” Chadsey said. “They understand how the work they will do after graduation powers our state and our economy.”
At the first stop on the tour, the PDC Energy Utica Shale production pad, Hill showed students how the well was put into production, the equipment on site to manage that production and the state of the art technology used to make it all work.
At the Clinton Sandstone well, Hill showed the technology used to make this well pump and function. He also took the opportunity to discuss the difference in wells from the first location to the second.
At the Class 2 injection well, Hill told the students, “you can’t have production without injection.” Students watched delivery trucks unloading and then moved into the pump house to see how the fluid was moved from the tanks down the wellbore. Hill showed how the site functioned, showed the students the well head and pointed out the equipment and gauges.
Chadsey said the tour ended with questions from students, such as: when will the industry come back, what will it look like when it does?