XTO Energy making a big donation to a Belmont County agency that works everyday to make sure your family is safe. $25,000 donated to the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency.
The EMA is lead by Dave Ivan, who spends hours preparing and planning for things the public might not necessarily think about.
Those preparations affect your family when oil and gas activity is sometimes happening in your own backyard; take the XTO well pad incident in Powhatan near Cat’s Run.
Ivan said he spent 20 days straight working with XTO energy after that incident. He said the expertise of the XTO employees and communication made the clean up easier.
The money is a game-changer for the department, Ivan said he is surprised and thankful.
“One thing that we have an issue with right now is our server. With this donation that pretty much took care of that problem,” said Ivan.
XTO Operations manager Brian Teller said the donation is part of their commitment to invest it the community they work in.
During the Cat’s Run incident, they saw first hand what the Belmont County EMA needs.
“Our general hope is that, that goes to facility upgrades and also for equipment, and not just for industry but also for general use in Belmont County for the public,” said Teller.
As oil and gas activity continues to increase in the county, Commissioner Mark Thomas said XTO sends him weekly updates on their activity, something he really appreciates.
As for an update on the XTO well pad incident on Cat’s Run, it is now closed on the EMA end, the residents are back in their homes.
XTO said they still meet with the EMA to discuss what went well and what didn’t go well to keep improving their practices for the people living in Belmont County.