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Oil in Everyday Life, Responsibility May 19, 2020

Striking a balance through COVID-19 and the economic downturn

Community leaders must not lose sight of the importance of rebuilding our economy and maintaining the well-paying jobs our industry provides to thousands of Californians

By Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association

Sacramento-based WSPA represents major petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing companies in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Follow Reheis-Boyd on Twitter @WSPAprez.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd has headed WSPA since 2010.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd has headed WSPA since 2010.

Our society is weathering unprecedented times. And in this period of uncertainty, as an industry, we are holding steadfast to the values that unite us – the wellbeing and safety of our people, communities and the world we share.

I’m proud to represent the men and women providing the energy that is fueling transportation and powering our homes and communities.

We remain committed to innovation, to safety and to environmental sustainability. Not only to support the response to this crisis, but to meet the challenge of creating a sustainable energy future that works for everyone.

Striking a balance

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to both our health and to our way of life. It is imperative, now more than ever, to strike a balance among what we refer to as our Four E’s: Energy, Environment, Economy and Equality.

As always, we continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to California’s diverse communities while maintaining our commitment to environmental sustainability. We also remain committed to protecting jobs and overcoming the unprecedented economic hardships brought on by our response to the pandemic.

“Our industry and our community leaders must build trust through thoughtfulness and pragmatism.”

We are excited about the future of our industry and the future of our energy mix. But our community leaders must not lose sight of the importance of rebuilding our economy and maintaining the well-paying jobs our industry provides to thousands of Californians – even through the economic downturn.

Prioritizing collaboration

As we speak, thousands of researchers, engineers and scientists across the oil and gas sector are continuing their essential work to innovate as creatively, persistently and inclusively as possible to address our shared challenges. At the same time, we’re maintaining our unwavering commitment to innovation and creating a longer-term social and environmental change for a sustainable energy future.

Our industry and our community leaders must build trust through thoughtfulness and pragmatism in our approach to addressing the challenges we face during this pandemic.

We will prioritize a collaborative approach toward solving these issues and remain committed to working with policymakers and regulators to ensure that, together, we continue to protect the world we all share.

We live our safety motto that “Every day, everybody goes home alive and well!” / DID YOU KNOW? Aera Energy has been honored with the North American Maintenance Excellence Award and the AME Manufacturing Excellence Award.

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