Williams employees give back year round

During this holiday season we’re grateful for all the Williams employees who give back to their communities. It’s part of our corporate DNA. You’ll find our folks engaged locally as volunteer firefighters, Little League coaches and nonprofit organization board members.

We’re also grateful for those many organizations that serve the communities we call home. Today Williams employees encourage their friends and family members to also support their communities with contributions to local nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.

We support our employees through our matching gift program and double their qualifying contributions to nonprofits up to $10,000 per year, per employee. In 2016, Williams and its employees gave more than $2 million back to their communities.Richard de La Haya, lead designer in Williams Engineering Services, is a mentor to student interns from Houston’s innovative Genesis Works program. Here he poses with Williams intern Juan Benitez.

There are many great local organizations to support. In our Houston office, Genesys Works matches firms with disadvantaged high school students to serve as interns with real-world workplace responsibilities. Students who work for Williams grow self-confidence while developing personal communication and decision making skills. For many, this has opened their horizons to obtain a college education.

In Pittsburgh, Williams partners with the Carnegie Science Center to provide STEM opportunities to the next generation of engineers, doctors, astronauts and scientists. Each fall, Williams sponsors Girls Rock Science, a weekend that provides hands-on Science Technology Engineering and Math activities to acquaint girls with a wide range of STEM careers and to get excited about science and technology.

No matter where you live, local charities and nonprofits are meeting community needs.

Natural Gas: 30 Ways NatGas Powers Thanksgiving

Do you know what affordable home heating, pajamas, football and refrigerators have in common? They all are made possible in some way by natural gas. Affordable, bountiful natural gas does more than just provide us with warm homes. It touches every facet of our lives. It can be easy to take natural gas for granted, but we should be thankful to have this resource.

As construction continues on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, we’re thankful for all that natural gas has helped provide to millions of Americans. Here are 30 things natural gas has given us that we’re going to give thanks for Thursday:

High-paying jobs

A 2012 U.S. Department of Labor study found that the average annual pay in the natural gas industry was $107,198. That’s nearly $60,000 more than the average Pennsylvania salary!

Affordable energy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that homes using heating oil this winter are expected to spend $215 more compared to last year, while homes using natural gas will spend only $69 more.

Footballs

Thanksgiving and football go together like Thanksgiving and turkey. Natural gas helps make football possible. The interior “bladder” of footballs is made of synthetic material derived from natural gas. The “bladder” makes it possible to inflate the football.

Renewed communities across Pennsylvania

Thousands of natural gas industry jobs have helped revive communities and economies across the state, especially in northern and western Pennsylvania.

Antifreeze

The most common antifreeze products contain ethylene or propylene. Both are natural gas byproducts.

Winter scarves

Most scarves are manufactured from synthetic fibers comprised of chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide, which are derived from natural gas.

Snow tires

The modern rubber in tires features carbon black, a fine, sooty powder left over from natural gas. Carbon black is critical in tire formulations, because it helps disperse heat and stabilize the tire’s other components.

Warm homes

Cold winter nights can be awful. Thankfully, natural gas is there to ensure your home is warm and toasty at a more affordable cost than other options.

Cooking the feast

Are you making the turkey this year? Natural gas is probably powering your oven to make this possible.

Magic 8-Balls

We asked our Magic 8-Ball if it’s made from natural gas. The answer was “Without a doubt.” The plastic used to construct these popular toys is derived from natural gas byproducts.

Water bottles

Do you drink a lot of water? You can thank natural gas for the plastic bottles from which you drink.

Coffee cup lids

The plastic lid is an essential part of any good cup of joe, and most are created from natural gas byproducts.

Golf balls

Golf balls are constructed of plastic and rubber materials, both of which are created from natural gas.

Toothpaste bottles

The soft, squeezable toothpaste tubes usually are fashioned from a plastic that comes from natural gas. Who knew natural gas could be so minty fresh?

Prescription medication bottles

The famous orange bottles that hold prescription medication are typically made from polypropylene, a natural gas byproduct.

Perfume

The majority of mass-retail perfumes are synthetic compounds derived from petrochemicals.

Makeup

Lipstick, mascara, blush and many commercial makeup products are made from petrochemicals derived from natural gas.

Billions in state and local investment

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development reports the state is the second-largest U.S. natural gas producer. This has created a billion-dollar industry in the state, with one report estimating more than $10.5 billion in investments from new, natural gas-fired power production facilities alone.

U.S. energy independence

For too long, America has relied on foreign countries for its energy needs. That is no longer the case, because natural gas provides the country with a framework toward energy independence. One report suggests the U.S. could become a net energy exporter as soon as 2026.

Fertilizer

Most mass-market fertilizers contain ammonia, which is a common byproduct of natural gas.

Competitive energy markets

The Marcellus Shale boom has provided customers with a low-cost alternative to other types of energy. This has made Pennsylvania’s energy market more competitive, with consumers winning thanks to energy prices lower than the national average.

Cleaner-burning, more efficient electric generation

The EIA found that burning natural gas for energy results in “fewer emissions of nearly all types of air pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) than burning coal or petroleum products to produce an equal amount of energy.” This is in part due to rising efficiencies for natural gas requiring less feed for more power.

Refrigerators

Natural gas does more than keep us warm. It helps keep our food cold. Natural gas refrigerators use ammonia refrigeration and stay working when the electricity goes out.

Cellphones

Your cellphone is most likely constructed of plastic that is derived from natural gas.

Dentures

Most modern dentures use carbon-based dyes derived from natural gas byproducts for pigmentation.

Computers

Natural gas byproducts are what create the plastic parts for your computer and other electronics, such as your television and cellphone.

Pajamas

Your pajamas keep you warm while you sleep, just like the heat coming from your home. Both are thanks to natural gas. Most pajamas are made with synthetic fibers that are derived from natural gas byproducts.

Skis

Hitting the slopes this winter? The plastic in your skis most likely comes from natural gas.

Coffee makers

The plastic used in coffee makers is derived from natural gas byproducts.

Crayons

If you’re keeping the kids busy by having them color during Thanksgiving break, you can thank natural gas. One of the main ingredients in crayons, polyethylene, is a natural gas byproduct.

We hope you have a safe, wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Home Heating Safety: 5 Tips for this Winter

Natural gas has led to lower heating costs for all consumers, and the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will continue that trend by supplying enough natural gas to meet the needs of more than 7 million American homes.

Along with the comfort of using natural gas in the home comes the responsibility to maintain a safe home heating system. The American Red Cross said in its 2016 annual report that home fires are the most common disaster to which it responds. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that heating fires caused by heating units, fireplaces, chimneys and other sources from 2013 to 2015 caused an estimated 205 deaths and more than $500 million in property loss.

Here are five tips to keep in mind as the cold weather intensifies:

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

It’s recommended you check and test these detectors at least once a month.

Don’t heat your home with your stove or oven

Stoves and ovens are made to cook, not to heat your home.

Never leave space heaters unattended

Before going to sleep or leaving your home, make sure your space heater is turned off or unplugged.

Keep vents and meters clear

Keep your vents clear of snow and ice so as not to cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Inspect your HVAC system

Have a certified professional take a look at your HVAC system and fix any issues before it’s too late.

Don’t be another statistic: Follow the tips to ensure a safe, happy winter.

Williams Partners to Promptly Resume Atlantic Sunrise Construction

U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Opponents’ Emergency Stay Request

TULSA, Okla. — Williams Partners L.P. today announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied an emergency motion to stay the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authorization of the company’s Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, allowing construction to immediately resume.

“We are pleased that the court has lifted the administrative stay of construction activities and denied the emergency motion for stay filed by the project opponents. We will promptly resume construction activities on this important pipeline project, which will leverage existing energy infrastructure to deliver economic growth and help millions of Americans gain access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced clean-burning natural gas,” said Micheal Dunn, Williams Partners’ chief operating officer. “Thousands of workers in Pennsylvania will be back on the job tomorrow.”

Construction on the project commenced seven months ago after a nearly four-year, comprehensive federal and state regulatory review process. During peak construction periods, the project is anticipated to directly employ approximately 2,300 people in 10 Pennsylvania counties. In addition, the project could support an additional 6,000 jobs in related industries and generate up to $1.6 billion in economic activity, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

The nearly $3 billion project, which is designed to increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day, is expected to be placed into full service in mid-2018.

Additional information about the Atlantic Sunrise project can be found at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise.

Williams Partners responds to temporary administrative stay of Atlantic Sunrise FERC authorization

 

  • Williams Files Motion for Clarification of the administrative stay to confirm no interruption of East Coast natural gas supplies

  • U.S. District Court Order: “The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for stay and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”

  • Temporary stay a result of a lawsuit against the FERC for not further extending a comprehensive nearly four-year permitting process

  • Stay puts 8,000 jobs at risk in Pennsylvania and could delay clean, affordable natural gas deliveries to millions of U.S. families

  

TULSA, Okla. – Williams Partners L.P. today filed a Motion for Clarification of an administrative stay issued yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authorization of the company’s Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project. The purpose of the administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider an emergency motion filed by project opponents last week requesting that FERC extend a comprehensive four-year permitting process even further.

“Atlantic Sunrise has undergone a nearly four-year, extensive review process and is operating and being constructed in compliance with all state and federal permits,” said Micheal Dunn, Williams Partners’ chief operating officer. “These current actions by opponents of American energy are, this morning, idling thousands of workers in Pennsylvania and could delay the benefits of low-cost energy delivery to millions of American families.

Dunn continued: “It is important to stress that this temporary stay is administrative and not related to the project’s execution or its compliance with applicable federal or state regulations or permit conditions. It is merely intended to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the motion recently filed by project opponents and is not a ruling on the merits of that motion. Our expectation is that the court will expeditiously complete its review.”

“We have worked with countless elected officials, regulators, environmental consultants and landowners to bring this vital U.S. energy project to construction, and a vast majority of stakeholders understand how critical these types of projects are to economic growth, jobs and manufacturing expansion in addition to helping the U.S. transition away from the use of higher carbon fuels.”

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction broke ground in Pennsylvania on Sept. 15, 2017. While Williams has ceased construction activities until the temporary stay is lifted, the company believes it is prudent and will continue to maintain environmental controls related to construction to remain in compliance with federal and Pennsylvania permits, while protecting the environment.

During peak construction periods, the project is anticipated to directly employ approximately 2,300 people in 10 Pennsylvania counties. In addition, the project could support an additional 6,000 jobs in related industries and generate up to $1.6 billion in economic activity, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

The nearly $3 billion project, which is designed to increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day, is expected to be placed into full service in mid-2018.

Additional information about the Atlantic Sunrise project can be found at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise.

Download a copy of the statement here.

One day of caring, a world of possibilities with Williams employees

They planted, painted, repaired and inspired. Scores of Williams employees volunteered in their communities across the nation during recent Day of Caring events to benefit United Way chapters and their partner agencies.

In Salt Lake City, 65 employees worked alongside students to complete a variety of projects at Kearns High School.

“Your employees were terrific role models for my students,” said botany teacher Robert Greider after a project to renovate a greenhouse. “Team work, planning and problem solving are skills we try to teach students at Kearns.”

The school benefits greatly from the United Way and volunteers like those from Williams, said Derrick Welling, who chairs Williams’ Salt Lake City United Way campaign.

“Although nearly half of the students live at or near the poverty level, graduation rates have increased 27 percent, the highest growth in the state of Utah.”

woman painting
A Tulsa Day of Caring project.

In Tulsa, Williams employees comprised the largest number of volunteers from a single company, with 432 volunteering for 27 Day of Caring projects.

“Day of Caring goes beyond simply serving our community,” said Dustin Bohard, who helped coordinate the projects for Williams.

“It allows us to meet and interact with agencies that have such a profound impact to the Tulsa area,” he said. “We get to understand their missions, hear their stories and even meet some of the clients they serve.”

In Houston, about 100 Williams employees performed carpentry, landscaping, organizing and mural painting at West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM). WHAM is an outreach and support center that provides financial education and job skills training, an on-site food pantry and resale store.

“After Hurricane Harvey, the local need for WHAM services is greater than ever,” said Williams’ Day of Caring organizer Nathan Davidson.

“We had some sizable projects that were mentally and physically challenging but accomplished with tremendous skill and coordination from our team,” he said.

Pittsburgh employees had multiple Day of Caring projects over several months, including sorting food at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, updating a community center and cleaning transitional housing for veterans.

“It was a winning situation all around,” said Candyce Fly Lee, who organized the events for Williams. “Employees were able to give back to their community and work with others who they normally don’t interface with. And the Sewickley Community Center especially benefited from a skilled labor force. Projects were completed that would have taken years without our help.”