Among the most important and lasting effects of natural gas development is the economic benefit it brings to local communities. Gas development from shale is creating new jobs and stimulating regional economies.
Developing Marcellus energy has substantial economic benefits, generating billions of dollars in taxes and royalty payments and local jobs created directly or indirectly by natural gas development. For example: according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, impact fees collected from natural gas operators in Pennsylvania have generated more than $1.04 billion from 2012 through 2016. These impact fees are paid directly to local governments for approved uses like public infrastructure, emergency preparedness, environmental protection, social services, records management, and tax reduction.
closing the skills gap in the U.S. Appalachia Region
Our company has a long history of supporting our communities with financial investment and volunteerism. We work within communities to direct resources toward issues that are important to the people who live there. We focus our investments on projects that will address community needs and provide benefits for years to come.
In late 2014, we announced a $20 million investment in the new Appalachia Partnership Initiative designed to foster education and workforce development in the communities around our Marcellus and Utica shale operations.
The initiative is a partnership with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Catalyst Connection, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the The Grable Foundation. It seeks to improve the quality of education in 27 counties across southwest Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. The RAND Corporation provides independent monitoring and evaluation.
Working closely with our partners, we seek to evaluate success, connect students, teachers and workers to additional resources, and provide education and training that help meet future workforce needs. For example, by partnering with the Allegheny Conference and businesses throughout the region, we can identify and help close skills gaps between the region’s workforce and available jobs, thereby creating economic opportunity in the local communities.
Since 2013, the company has funded the expansion of Project Lead the Way programs to more than 90 schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Project Lead the Way supports teacher professional development and provides hands-on, project-based STEM curricula for elementary, middle and high schools.
In May 2017, Chevron Appalachia received the distinguished Chairman's Award from Carnegie Science Center in recognition of Chevron's "unparalleled impact in transforming the Pittsburgh region through its commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education." The Chairman's Award is the highest honor conferred by the Center. Read the news release to learn more about the award and Chevron's support of STEM education.
Chevron supports hiring local workers and purchasing from qualified local suppliers. When training is needed, we often work directly with colleges, trade organizations, vocational-technical schools and nonprofit organizations to create workforce training and supplier development programs.
Chevron works every day to prevent incidents, and at the same time, we also prepare for the unexpected. We develop emergency action plans and maintain response capabilities by training our people and conducting drills. We partner with local and regional emergency response agencies to promote good communication, coordination and preparedness. In fact, since 2011 we have donated more than $1.25 million to over 100 public safety organizations in the Marcellus region.
Published: May 2017