LITTLE ROCK — Chesapeake Energy donated a truck to each of the five counties that make up the core operating area of the Fayetteville Shale on Tuesday. Chesapeake recently celebrated 21 years as a domestic natural gas exploration, drilling and production company.

"Today, we donated a total of five trucks," said Danny Games, senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake in Arkansas. "That brings our grand total of truck donations since 2005 to 21, one for each year our company has been in business."

The trucks are quality, well-maintained vehicles that once belonged to the company’s corporate fleet. 

County judges from Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Van Buren and White counties were on hand to receive the keys to their respective trucks. To determine the specific vehicles that they would receive, each judge drew a number from a Chesapeake hard hat. The number that corresponded with the number on the truck was the one in which they would drive away.

"We appreciate this truck donation from Chesapeake," Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin said. "The company continues to be a good partner and a supportive investor in our communities."

Most judges indicated that the trucks they received will be used by their respective county road departments, which are responsible for maintain roads that are often impacted by the large amount of truck traffic that results from the drilling activity.

"This donation will allow us to redirect funds, originally intended for a vehicle purchase, to other critical areas in our road department," Cleburne County Judge Claude Dill said.  

Chesapeake is the second largest natural gas producer in the Fayetteville Shale with almost 740 producing wells and current net production of approximately 415 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The company owns approximately 487,000 net acres of leasehold. 

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second-largest producer of natural gas and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company’s operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. Chesapeake owns leading positions in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus and Bossier natural gas shale plays and in the Eagle Ford, Granite Wash and various other unconventional oil plays. The company has also vertically integrated its operations and owns substantial midstream, compression, drilling and oilfield service assets. Further information is available at www.chk.com.