Marcellus Shale

Operating in the southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia portions of the large Marcellus Shale formation, Noble Energy focuses its social investment efforts primarily on education and workforce development as well as community health initiatives.

Community Health

  • Noble Energy donated a compressed natural gas (CNG) handicapped-accessible van to Arc Human Services, a non-profit organization that provides employment and training as well as housing and support services to people with intellectual, developmental and mental health disabilities. Arc Human Services uses about 80 vehicles to cover its eight-county area in Western Pennsylvania. The donation followed a 2014 CNG van donation to AAdvantage Inc. Both organizations are part of Arc Advantage.
ARC Human Services CNG Van
ARC Human Services CNG Van
  • Employees in the Marcellus business unit conducted multiple fund-raising activities as part of their participation in the annual Relay for Life Walk-a-Thon to benefit the American Cancer Society. A raffle, bake sale and “jeans day” activities helped the team raise more than $3,000 (before any NobleAcCTS matching). On the day of the relay event, additional employees volunteered on site, handing out snacks and giveaways.
  • The Canonsburg-Houston (Pennsylvania) Food Pantry was the beneficiary of a team-building project within the land department of Noble Energy’s Marcellus business unit. Each Wednesday, employees wore white shirts. Those who forgot donated money to the cause. Eventually the group raised $700 for the food pantry, which serves more than 160 families in the Canonsburg and Houston communities.

Education/Workforce Development

  • Noble Energy is one of the founding sponsors of the Petroleum Technology Programs at two West Virginia community colleges that graduated their first classes in 2015. Eight of the 10 students who graduated from the two-year program in May had already obtained jobs within the local natural gas industry, including four hired by Noble Energy. Of the 90 students completing their first year in 2015, nearly 17 percent were placed in summer internship positions with natural gas companies. Noble Energy awarded 16 scholarships for students entering the program in the fall semester of 2015.
  • 2015 marked the start of the third year of our three-year partnership with Marshall County Schools in Marshall County, West Virginia, to establish a public after-school program. Previously, options for after-school care had been limited. Through the Energizing Our Youth program, Noble Energy funding supports tutoring, healthy snacks and physical activity for students, enabling parents to take on new employment or educational opportunities.
  • In Washington County, Noble Energy participated in the county’s first Disability Mentoring Day. Sixteen employees volunteered to mentor 20 high school seniors with physical or intellectual disabilities. To help the students think through career and post-secondary education options, the mentors shared information about their jobs at Noble Energy and showed the students around various departments.
MBU Disability mentoring day
MBU Disability mentoring day

MBU Disability mentoring day

  • Noble Energy employees volunteer as teachers in the Junior Achievement Careers in Energy program at schools in the Marcellus region. As part of Noble Energy’s support, more than 40 Marcellus business unit employees participated in the 2015 Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon to help 842 middle school students in the energy careers program. The fundraising effort raised $8,408 plus NobleACTS matching gifts.
  • Noble Energy supported The Challenge Program at two high schools: Greene County Technical Career Center and Ringold High School in Washington County. At each school, five awards sponsored by Noble Energy were presented to students who improved their academic performance.

Community Betterment

  • In Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Noble Energy partners with First Street Elementary to provide and assemble weekend food packages to children of low income families. Through their work on this project, Marcellus employees learned that many of the school’s students’ families are just above the income level that would qualify them for the free lunch program. While these students receive lunches, their outstanding bills carry forward year to year, and the children cannot receive diplomas until the lunch bills are paid. In response, the Noble Energy’s Marcellus Land Department elected to send a monthly check to help pay outstanding lunch bills for children at First Street Elementary.
  • Noble Energy executed a perpetual, protective cultural resources easement on three historically significant burial mounds located northeast of Moundsville, West Virginia, and adjacent to a Noble Energy well pad. We worked with the property owner and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to protect the mounds, discovered while performing archeological and cultural resource reconnaissance prior to well pad construction. The stone-covered mounds are similar to other artifacts that have been found elsewhere in the area. The easement includes a 100-foot buffer to protect the mounds and other potential undiscovered resources.