Communities – Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin
Noble Energy began operating in west and south Texas in 2015 when we merged with Rosetta Resources. As our Texas business units have taken shape, we have also taken a strategic approach to building our community role by conducting a formal needs assessment process. In 2016, we formed employee advisory committees in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin areas to determine our priorities within the three Noble Energy community pillars of community health, environment efforts, and education/workforce development. We also maintained key community relationships built by previous operators and met with a number of potential future community partners.
Our most significant new initiative so far is our commitment to participate in the Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) programming developed by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. The Foundation works to increase natural resource literacy and promote conservation and educational programs that connect Texans to the land. The program will roll out in 2017 beginning in Reeves County, in the Permian Basin, with future program support in Dimmit County, in the Eagle Ford Shale. We are sponsoring a contract educator to present L.A.N.D.S. programs to 35 classes (reaching approximately 1,200 students annually) and provide related educational resources such as distance learning to 80 classes (reaching approximately 2,000 students annually).
The L.A.N.D.S. program includes classroom curricula, special presentations, field trips, learning modules, webinars, and interactive video conferencing programs designed for students in grades K through 12.
Nearly 1,000 high school students learned about the oil and natural gas industry at the Spurring Education Energy Day hosted in San Antonio by the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable. Four Noble Energy employees participated in the one-day education program set up to show students the opportunities available for them in the energy sector. Their presentation explained the rock cycle, reservoir porosity and how technology is used to find oil and natural gas in unconventional shale plays.
Dimmit County area teachers were honored at the 10th annual Bullnanza Bullriding Event, sponsored by Noble Energy. Six employees and their families volunteered at the rodeo, held at the Dimmit County Rodeo Fairgrounds in Carrizo Springs, near our operations in South Texas.
We teamed up with the City of Dilley Police Department in south Texas to provide Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gift bags to those in need. In addition, we made donations to support two women’s shelters, Casa De Misericordia and Wintergarden Women’s Shelter.
In December, employees from both Texas business units teamed up with employees from our Marcellus Shale business to donate funds for a toy drive for pediatric cancer patients in Houston. Through Linked with Liam, a nonprofit organization created by a family who lost their son Liam to cancer, the employee donations were used to provide toys to children at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital.