EQT Corp. donated $50,000 to assist relief efforts in areas hardest hit by historic and devastating floods throughout West Virginia. The company’s donation went to the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD), an organization suggested by the state’s elected officials. Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC and its joint venture partners, including EQT Midstream Partners LP, made an additional $25,000 contribution.
“Our hearts go out to the people of West Virginia as they try to rebuild and recover after these ravaging floods,” said EQT Corp. CEO Dave Porges in in a June 29 company statement. “To assist the relief effort of areas that many EQT employees call home, we’ve made these donations to WV VOAD, which brings organizations together to work collaboratively during times of disaster to ensure monies are distributed directly and immediately to those victims who need it the most.”
As one of Appalachia’s largest natural gas exploration and production companies, EQT considers the Mountain State its second home. In fact, the company was one of the first producers to initiate development in West Virginia and has had natural gas development and production operations throughout the state for more than a century.
In addition to the donations by EQT Corp. and Mountain Valley Pipeline, EQT employees have joined forces to individually donate time, supplies and money to WV VOAD or other charitable organizations involved with West Virginia relief efforts. Employees’ individual monetary contributions are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match by the EQT Foundation.
“We have received a multitude of requests from EQT employees asking what they can do to help,” said Charlene Petrelli, president of the EQT Foundation. “We have a history of giving back that weaves throughout our EQT offices in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and beyond, and we’re proud of and encouraged by our culture of support.”