Coronavirus concerns bring workplace and community restrictions, but production will continue to deliver the oil that Californians depend on
Fewer visitors to Aera facilities. More employees working from home. Restricted business travel. Cancellations of company events.
These are among the measures Aera implemented March 13 to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, which was declared a national emergency by President Trump the same day.
After several weeks of monitoring the virus, also called COVID-19, Aera activated its Incident Command Team to manage the company’s efforts during the pandemic.
“We will continue to monitor the potential impact of COVID-19 on our operations and are working closely with public health, civil authorities and government agencies as the situation unfolds,” said Aera President and CEO Christina Sistrunk.
Sistrunk pointed out that Aera recognizes the majority of employees might not personally experience a significant health impact if they contract COVID-19. Even so, the company took its proactive steps to protect employees at high risk of serious illness if they do contract the virus. Aera’s measures also aim to help those caring for people at high risk for serious illness and to prevent the likelihood of community-wide impacts.
As part of its coronavirus control measures, Aera has provided guidance to employees about their attendance at public meetings. In addition, community events hosted by Aera with more than 25 people attending have been cancelled or postponed.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your understanding as we all work to do what’s best for the safety of those around us,” Sistrunk added. “We look forward to resuming our community involvement just as soon as possible.”
Additional restrictions will be implemented if necessary.
Aera’s oil and gas production will not be curtailed under the coronavirus control measures.
Aera’s COVID-19 response reflects the company’s “commitment to exceptional care for people and the environment,” Sistrunk noted. Moreover, she said, “it honors our promise to the people of California to safely and responsibly produce the oil they depend on every day.
“At Aera Energy we strive to do what’s right in every aspect of our business,” added Sistrunk. “Even during uncertain times, we are committed to ensuring we put our employees and business and community partners at the forefront of our decision-making. Our neighbors’ safety is our safety.”