Communities - Marcellus Shale
In the Marcellus Shale formation in the northeastern United States, our operations are focused in the productive areas of southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. While the dissolution of our joint venture in the region during 2016 narrowed our geographic scope, we remained highly active in our key communities.
(Note: In May 2017, we announced the sale of our Marcellus Shale assets.)
After historic flooding in southern West Virginia left 44 of the state’s 55 counties officially in a state of emergency, Noble Energy joined other members of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association in a coordinated effort to collect funds to be directed to the West Virginia Red Cross. Our $25,000 commitment was part of the industry's overall $350,000 donation.
Employees in Canonsburg, West Virginia, collected 558 pounds of food in response to a community challenge from the Marshall County Family Resource Network. The month-long challenge was initiated to replenish local food banks during July, typically a time when demand rises and donations drop. The following month, employees donated another 520 pounds of non-perishable food to the Washington City Mission, whose shelves were nearly empty. In addition, employees gathered monetary donations for the mission.
We partnered with the Marshall County Family Resource Network to donate new or gently-used purses and bags to local women in need. The donated bags were filled with small toiletries and household products and distributed to six local organizations: CASA, Wellspring Pregnancy Center, Blue and Gold Christian Center, Moundsville Police Department, Feeding Body and Soul Soup Kitchen, and the YWCA.
Noble Energy volunteers delivered and served meals to nearly 100 patients, doctors, nurses and supporting staff in the pediatric heart wing at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. The project was organized through Jameson’s Army, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for children and families affected by congenital heart defects.
More than 135 students from Marshall and Ohio counties spent a day learning about fishing and wildlife management at the second annual stream stocking and clean up event we hosted along Wheeling Creek and Bear Rock Lake in West Virginia. Together with Noble Energy volunteers, Cabela’s, the Fraternal Order of Police, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia University, the students stocked a four-mile stretch of the creek with nearly 5,000 pounds of trout and picked up 2.5 tons of trash around the streams.
As a founding partner of the petroleum technology program at West Virginia Community College in Morgantown, West Virginia, Noble Energy has provided numerous lectures and tours for students of the program and we remain on the advisory panel to provide input on curriculum. To date, we have hosted six interns and hired three as lease operators. In 2016, we participated in the program’s first internship fair. More than 100 students attended from program majors such as Petroleum Tech, Mechatronics, and Applied Process Management.
We donated more than 600 backpacks as part of the first annual Tyler County Back to School Fun Fair. At the event, Marcellus employees distributed backpacks, glue sticks and notebook paper to pre-K through fifth grade students to prepare them for the first day of school.
As the 2016 sponsor of Waynesburg University’s freshman service project, Noble Energy helped more than 400 students make a bigger impact on the Greene County community. We helped connect them to multiple organizations throughout the county to offer assistance, and provided several volunteers for the service day. One project: building a community garden, pumpkin patch and orchard at the local food bank. Local county prison inmates will maintain the gardens in the future and all fruit and vegetables will be available to anyone in need.