U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

America’s energy industry changes our world every day. From empowering an entire high-tech workforce, to changing the way communities develop and people go about their daily life, to providing critical aid following natural disasters, the industry’s impact is unparalleled. GEI is immensely proud of the industry’s contribution to the world around it and excited to tell their stories through a series of videos which we’ve appropriately named, Energy Strong. We hope these stories will both educate and inspire.

The energy industry is changing the way communities interact with the crucial infrastructure that powers their lives. These videos represent the innovative ways the energy industry is partnering with local communities to create the best solutions for everyone.

Holland Energy Park

With a major decision looming about their energy future, the City of Holland, Michigan turned to Siemens for an innovative solution. With the community’s support, Holland Board of Public Works developed a natural gas facility that incorporates cutting edge technology to not only power the city, but also provide an expanded snowmelt system to keep roads and sidewalks clear during Holland’s tough winters. The result is a thriving downtown and a partnership that demonstrates how energy powers communities.

Hurricane Harvey, Texas

Over a four day period in August 2017, the Gulf Coast was rocked by a Category 4 storm system—irrevocably changing the lives of millions of Americans. An estimated 15 trillion gallons of rain fell on the City of Houston leading to catastrophic flooding and billions of dollars in damages. In the harrowing days that followed, members of Houston’s energy industry jumped into action to help those in need.

Employees at Exxon Mobil put their own worries and concerns aside after being notified that the city of Beaumont had lost access to their water supply when the pumps that deliver fresh water had been compromised. The team quickly went into action and provided piping and infrastructure that would allow over 100,000 residents to get access to clean water.
As tens of thousands of Houstonians faced uncertain futures in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hess took care of the first hurdle – feeding their community. Working around the clock, Hess’ Randy Fournier and his team of professional chefs prepared and distributed more than 11,000 meals to their neighbors impacted by the storm. Randy and the Hess team felt the need to act because a warm meal is the first step to “bringing families back together safe and secure.”
The city of Deer Park (a suburb of Houston) and Shell have a strong relationship through the good times and the bad. This relationship was on display when the city’s retention ponds began to flood. Tracy and his team at Shell deployed a massive pump to help the city, saving hundreds of homes and businesses from flooding.
In a community that received over 60 inches of rain and had more than 80 percent of homes flooded, Chris knew that he had the means and know-how to help. As a specialist and maintenance planner and an avid duck hunter with a boat capable of navigating the area, Chris and his colleagues rescued over 500 people, helped fix a Coast Guard rescue boat and opened his home to those that came to the area to lend a hand.
Melissa and Martha of Halliburton received word that there were children that needed help evacuating from a community outside of Houston. With a strong desire to help, Melissa quickly leveraged assets from Haliburton to coordinate an evacuation of over 90 people all while Martha was assisting in evacuation efforts and aiding neighbors she had never met.
With Hurricane Harvey delivering more rain than anticipated, Caleb, a Project Specialist for Buckeye Partners, L.P. knew that he had to help those in his community. Through the use of an old military Humvee and a two ton truck, Caleb and a few others were able to help not only evacuate neighbors, but deliver supplies to those in need and access areas local emergency response crews could not.
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