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Harvey Update: Supporting Our Communities

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 6, 2017

As the nation continues to focus on the humanitarian effort after Harvey, we’re particularly mindful of colleagues in the natural gas and oil industry who work and live in the impacted areas. Safety is a core value throughout our industry, and many of the companies along the Gulf Coast shut down their facilities before the storm made landfall to ensure their workers were safe, and their facilities were secure.

But it’s not just our infrastructure at stake. The safety, health and protection of people, the environment and communities are the top priorities for the natural gas and oil industry. Energy companies have thousands of employees and their families living in the areas impacted by Harvey. They were among those whose homes have been under water in Houston or destroyed in Port Arthur. And they are among the Americans who have been generously and courageously helping their neighbors by getting medical supplies to children in need, by clearing debris, collecting and distributing donations, and even showing up with an inflatable swan.

Here’s a look at some of the ways energy company employees have been helping rebuild their communities:

The safety of our employees is our primary concern. Their priority must be taking care of themselves and their families....

Posted by Baker Hughes, a GE company on Sunday, August 27, 2017


Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.