In the midst of closing out this issue of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines, our entire staff was suddenly forced to work from home as the coronavirus — or COVID-19 — pandemic swept through the United States.
Our offices are located in Ohio, and Gov. Mike DeWine has been among the quickest state leaders to take action, closing schools and businesses. Likewise, our parent company, Benjamin Media, was proactive in allowing staff to work from home as soon as it became clear that this was not going to be business as usual.
We know that most of our readers are now working from home, and our magazines typically are sent to your office address. To help reduce waste and prevent stacks of magazines piling up where no one will read them, we are producing this magazine exclusively as a digital edition. You can make sure you are subscribed to the digital edition by visiting napipelines.com/subscribe and clicking the appropriate box.
The dominoes have fallen quickly, and the pipeline industry has seen a number of impacts from the pandemic, as well as from falling oil prices from supply glut and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia. We’ve seen industry events being postponed or cancelled and major pipeline companies announcing drastic spending cuts.
We are hopeful that the pandemic will have calmed down by November, and we are working toward organizing the 2020 Pipeline Leadership Conference in Houston. While we had planned to focus on the impacts of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the economy and the ongoing fossil fuel debate, there is no doubt in my mind that the situation the pipeline industry is facing today will become a major talking point, as we work through the aftershocks of the pandemic. You can keep up with the latest news about the conference at plconference.com.
Finally, in effort to keep you abreast of what is happening now when it comes to COVID-19, the global energy price decline and other market trends, North American Oil & Gas Pipelines has launched a new podcast to provide quick bursts of information that you can use to guide your business through these uncertain times. Check out napipelines.com/podcast to tune in.
Stay safe and healthy! We’ll get through this together.