In July 2015, Noble Energy merged with Rosetta Resources Inc., an onshore oil and natural gas producer operating in the Permian Basin in west Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale area in south-central Texas. During the second half of 2015, we assessed Rosetta Resources and its community needs to develop an appropriate social investment strategy for 2016.
We hosted an open house in the Noble Energy Eagle Ford office in Dilley, Texas, to meet with employees, vendors and community members. We also met individually with local leaders and residents to understand community needs, and with employees to discuss potential social responsibility programs and Noble Energy’s volunteer and matching gifts processes. We created a formal employee advisory group and identified areas of synergy between Noble Energy’s community strategies and Rosetta Resources’ previous community activities.
Community activities and contributions made by Rosetta Resources in 2015 included the following:
- A cash donation as part of the second year of a five-year, $500,000 pledge to the Texas A&M Foundation for the Engineering Education Complex Building Project.
- Support of the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Work Study Program, which prepares graduates for college acceptance. Students worked at Rosetta Resources’ Houston office one day a week during the school year. In addition to making a financial donation to Cristo Rey for the 2014-2015 academic school year, Rosetta Resources also hired Cristo Rey students to work over the spring and summer school breaks.
- Providing a financial donation and volunteers to assist Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Harris County in building a house for a family and providing a team of volunteers for two additional houses.