Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) recently donated a pickup truck to the Towanda Fire Department for use as an emergency-response vehicle.

The donation, which will allow the department to respond to incidents in rugged terrain, was made after Chesapeake learned of the department's search for such a vehicle.

"We're very appreciative of the donation. It really made our day when Chesapeake informed us they were donating the truck," said fire department Chief Bill Roof. "Instead of taking our big engines out for a tree down in the roadway, now we can take this pickup. It would give us more options to be more versatile in our response."

The department, which combined in 1999 and acquired its current building in 2005, boasts more than 200 social members and approximately 25 active firefighters who operate its eight vehicles.

The donated 2007 Chevrolet Silverado will also see use for towing the department's water-rescue boat, traffic control and responding to minor traffic incidents. Roof noted that, without the donation, it is unlikely the department would have such a vehicle and would have been forced to continue relying on assistance from other departments.

"After learning of the Towanda Fire Department's search, Chesapeake was pleased to assist in the department's efforts to establish this important service," said Jane Clements of Chesapeake. "Making a positive local impact is a primary focus for Chesapeake in Northern Pennsylvania, as with all of our areas of operation."

Chesapeake supports local organizations as part of its commitment to assist the communities in which the company operates. In the past 18 months, Chesapeake has provided more than $1 million in support to local hospitals, social-service groups, economic-development organizations, libraries and other regional nonprofits.

Chesapeake is the largest leaseholder in the Marcellus Shale with approximately 2.7 million gross acres and 1.62 million net acres, the most active driller in the United States and the largest leaseholder in Bradford County. Since January 2008, Chesapeake has paid nearly $1.1 billion to Pennsylvania landowners in lease-bonus payments and royalties.

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 liquids 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.

This press release was submitted by Chesapeake Energy Corporation.