Desoto Drilling Makes Donation to UACCM

DeSoto Drilling, a subsidiary of Southwestern Energy Company, recently donated a natural gas well head to the Petroleum Technology department at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. 
The new well head helps train students enrolled in the petroleum technology program by allowing a unique hands-on experience in the classroom. Additionally, it shows students how natural gas well heads are tied to pipelines in the field for gas production, and also how to maintain well sites. The new equipment is especially beneficial to UACCM, as many of the counties surrounding the college are located in the area known as the Fayetteville Shale Play. 
(from left): Pittman, Jason Spears,
 Adam Fleming, Hershal Stanley, Dwayne
Medlock, Jolene Schwarz, and Jeenee Xiong.
The Fayetteville Shale Play is an area of natural gas drilling, gathering, and field operations in north-central Arkansas and is thought to be one of the country’s largest known unconventional reserves of natural gas.  Southwestern Energy is credited with being the first company to successfully produce gas from the Fayetteville Shale. DeSoto Drilling, headquartered in Conway, was formed in 2005 by Southwestern Energy to conduct drilling operations in the play. 
UACCM is the only school in the state to offer a degree in petroleum technology. The college began offering the degree during the fall 2006 semester and now has 77 declared majors. For more information on this rapidly growing program, contact the UACCM Admissions Office at 1-800-264-1094.


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