West Virginia Storm Relief

Since starting my career with Cabot a year ago one thing has always stood out in my mind: the ability of Cabot and its contractors to step forward during times of crises in the communities where we live and work.

Earlier this month  West Virginia was rocked by severe storms across the area which left hundreds of thousands of residents without power. With the power out long enough to spoil entire fridges full of food, local food banks have been depleted by the sudden and overwhelming demand.

The emergency situation in West Virginia touched many Cabot employees. Cabot has several offices throughout West Virginia and many of my coworkers were without power for several days before it was restored. Others in our Pittsburgh office have family and friends who were impacted by the severe storms.

Within hours of  Governor Tomblin’s announcement of a food drive at the Capitol to replenish the food banks, Cabot was already mobilizing support.

A check was immediately cut for $10,000 to aid in the purchase of  food items and was delivered directly to Governor Tomblin by myself and West Virginia Cabot employees, Brian Atkins and Roger Crawford, on Tuesday evening. In addition, one of our subcontractors, Somerset Regional Water Resources, send down three pickup trucks worth of bottled water to distribute to those in need.

You can check out more great photos from the event at the Governor’s Flickr site.

And as we speak, employees in our Pittsburgh office and all of the offices in West Virginia are collecting non-perishable food items that will be delivered next week. Keep in mind that this food drive started two days ago and with two days left in the drive, this is what has already been donated just in our Pittsburgh office:

If you are able, I encourage you to donate to the food banks. The most needed items include:

Canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats (chicken, tuna, salmon), canned soups (with pop tops), beef stew, peanut butter, dry cereals, oatmeal, cream of wheat, baby food/formula, shelf-stable milk, bottled water

I have a great appreciation for everyone involved in this campaign including Governor Tomblin, the local food banks, emergency workers and everyone who has given to the cause in any way.

Brittany Thomas – Coordinator, External Affairs

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Bill desRosiers

Raised in Highland Falls, New York, William desRosiers learned about responsible resource development, firsthand, as a part of his family's mining business. William received his B.S. in Management, B.A.in History and MBA from Misericordia University. He currently serves in External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. His primary responsibilities include strengthening media relationships, managing company-run fundraising programs, building better community relations and representing Cabot every chance he has.

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