Medical professionals, first responders and essential workers are heroically leading efforts to safeguard our public health during this pandemic, and we’re proud to call them our coworkers, family and friends. We’re committed to providing them with products and fuels to combat the coronavirus in communities all across America. Our industry is donating critical medical supplies and increasing the production of health and hygiene products because we know every contribution counts.
Along with substantial global monetary support, industry-specific efforts have included transportation fuels, personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical-grade hand sanitizers – with technologies and facilities refitted, in many cases, to distribute these critical resources.
Here are a few examples of how the natural gas and oil industry is sending good energy your way:
Providing Essential Fuels
Alongside the transportation industry, fuel providers are stepping up to power the timely delivery of medical supplies and essential goods – and to offer relief to the frontline workers still out on our roads.
- BP donated three million gallons of jet fuel to FedEx Express and Alaska Airlines to support the delivery of PPE – such as gloves, gowns, ventilators and masks – to areas of the U.S. with the greatest need. The company also committed to providing medical professionals with gasoline at a 50-cents-per-gallon discount.
- Chevron donated $1 million in fuel gift cards to support the essential personnel still commuting to work.
- Total provided healthcare workers at French hospitals with €50 million in gasoline vouchers.
Manufacturing Medical Supplies
Recognizing the urgent need for medical, health and hygiene products, many companies have reconfigured operations to manufacture essential supplies. In one heroic case, employees at a Pennsylvania petrochemical plant voluntarily worked around the clock for 28 days to create tens of millions of pounds of raw materials used to manufacture face masks and surgical gowns. Individual acts of selflessness and business-driven ingenuity are enabling the U.S. to meet the rising demand for medical equipment and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
- Chevron donated 100,000 surgical masks in California, and overhauled company-funded Fab Labs to produce additional PPE for local hospitals and first responders.
- Dow Chemical selected five manufacturing sites around the world to produce and donate hand sanitizer to the states of Michigan and West Virginia, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company also developed a lightweight face shield for healthcare professionals and shared the design via an open-source file.
- EagleClaw Midstream committed $50,000 toward PPE.
- ExxonMobil's isopropyl alcohol production unit in Louisiana is now operating at full capacity to create the key ingredient used in hand sanitizers, and the company also increased production of a specialized polypropylene that is used to manufacture medical masks and gowns for frontline workers.
- Phillips 66 refineries in California, Montana and Louisiana allocated funds toward efforts to make protective gear with 3D printers.
- Shell diverted resources to produce isopropyl alcohol to meet the increasing demand for soaps, sanitizers and surface cleaners.
- At Williams, an individual engineer made 700 face shields for health care workers in Pennsylvania.
Donating surplus and procured Resources
Businesses are donating much-needed resources, that were either procured for donation or stockpiled for acute emergencies, to help hospital systems and non-profit organizations protect our frontline workers.
- Apache donated PPE to health care facilities in Houston.
- Devon Energy partnered with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder to turn surplus T-shirts into thousands of face masks for local organizations focused on saving lives.
- Hess donated more than 66,000 pieces of PPE including surgical masks, hand sanitizers and medical gloves to hospitals and first responders in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and healthcare workers at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston.
- Marathon Petroleum delivered stockpiled PPE to hospitals and healthcare organizations, resulting in over 570,000 N95 respirator mask donations to facilities across 20 states.
- Motiva donated 1,200 disposable PPE suits to the Regional Emergency Operations Center will be distributed to COVID-19 testing sites across Southeast Texas.
- Occidental Petroleum donated PPE to longtime health partner, Houston Methodist.
- TC Energy’s nuclear generation project, Bruce Power, donated 1.2 million pieces of PPE to frontline workers in Ontario, Canada.
Supporting Recovery and the “New Normal”
Both multi-national and independent American energy operators have made significant commitments to combat the coronavirus and provide relief for communities around the world. The natural gas and oil industry continues to supply essential fuels to power recovery efforts, and localized donations are facilitating the transition to a “new normal” for many families and students.
- Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. partnered with a local food bank in Pennsylvania, allocating $50,000 to hard-hit communities.
- Chevron contributed $500,000 to the “Keep Kids Learning” initiative to help teachers and students adjust to remote learning environments. The company also donated more than $12 million to support humanitarian efforts globally.
- ExxonMobil produced 50,000 face masks for distribution in New York and Atlanta hospitals, and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to support first responders, public schools, foodbanks and restaurant workers in energy producing regions.
- Hess donated “Stay Well” care packages for 12,000 medical personnel in Houston, helping to reduce the risk of spreading the virus outside the hospital, and the company has partnered with local non-profits to deliver 10,000 meals per week to furloughed hospitality workers and their families. Hess also donated 279 computers for Houston-area students to better engage in distance learning.
- Marathon Oil contributed more than $75,000 to local food banks in Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and New Mexico, and donated laptops through the “Comp-U-Dopt” program to provide underserved Houston-area students with remote learning technologies.
- Phillips 66 donated $3 million to relief efforts across the U.S. and United Kingdom, with a significant portion designated for the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund and the Houston Food Bank.
- Sempra plans to donate up to $500,000 to help small- and medium-sized nonprofits in Texas.
- Shell donated face masks, gloves and PPE suits for medical professionals, fuels for food banks and non-profit organizations, and laptops and financial assistance for high school students.
- TC Energy contributed more than $1.8 million across North America to support those impacted by the coronavirus, and delivered nearly 200,000 meals to individuals and families in Texas and West Virginia. The company is also encouraging employees and community members to give back to charities of their choice by matching donations through their #BetterTogether campaign at 200%, tripling each contribution.
- Total Foundation partnered with non-profit organizations in France to send 10,000 computers with internet access directly to families who need them, and the Foundation contributed to the #GardonsLeLien initiative to purchase 1,000 tablets for patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Venture Global LNG has provided 29,000 meals through Catholic Charities in Southwest Louisiana.