Dominion Energy: Leading WV's oil and gas industry in safety, community engagement

Dominion Energy’s presence in the Mountain State dates back over 120 years.

The company, which ranks among the state’s 40 largest employers and is one of its top 10 taxpayers, has a hand in a diverse array of oil and gas operations across West Virginia.

These operations include interstate natural gas pipelines, natural gas storage and processing, natural gas distribution, extraction and fractionation of natural gas liquids and electrical generation through coal and wind, according to Samantha Norris, communications specialist for Dominion.

Dominion’s West Virginia workforce comprised of more than 1,000 employees, who range from administrative workers in offices to contractors working on job sites, Norris said.

Regardless of where they are working, Dominion’s highest priority is always to ensure the health and safety of its workers, Norris said.

“Over the past three years, Dominion Energy employees have set a new company record for safety,” she said. “Their commitment to teamwork and attention to detail has reduced work-related accidents by nearly 45 percent. Specifically, Dominion Energy WV is approaching the two year mark with zero Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable incidents.”

The importance of high safety standards is emphasized during interactive monthly meetings at Dominion facilities throughout the state organized by the company’s safety committees, Norris said.

“Committees are able to bring policy to life using emergency response drills and by simulating injuries to demonstrate the personal impact of living with a permanent injury,” she said. “Committees also hold specialized classes hosted by physical therapists to show employees helpful stretches that promote balance to prevent slips, trips and falls.”

Along with employee safety, an emphasis on environmental protection is among the company’s core values, Norris said.

“Our commitment to protecting the environment is more than a professional statement. It’s a personal commitment to our community,” she said. “We live and work in the communities where we operate and thus we are making a commitment to our friends, family and neighbors to be leaders in environmental conservancy in the industry.”

As a company that likes to lead by example, Dominion has strengthened its commitment to protecting the environment by adopting strict green construction standards for its offices and facilities under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, Norris said.

“The DEWV Summersville Warehouse Facility recently was awarded the LEED v4 Silver certification — the first facility of its kind to achieve this award in the state and one of only two in the nation,” she said.

Each member of the extended Dominion Energy family is encouraged to spend time giving back to the local community by taking part in community projects, charitable events and other worthy causes, Dominion Energy Vice President Brian Sheppard said.

“Dominion Energy believes that investing in a community goes beyond a financial gift and encourages all employees to add long-lasting fingerprints in the state by becoming service volunteers,” he said.

The company’s employees contributed more than 3,500 volunteer hours in communities throughout the state in 2018, Norris said.

“These volunteers from across West Virginia compound the value of financial donations by giving their time and talents,” she said. “Projects ranged from riverside and playground restoration projects to helping an aging community cut acres of sugar cane for the West Virginia Molasses Festival and lending a helping hand to the historic Fort New Salem to make the area more handicap accessible.”

Earlier this year a team of 40 volunteers worked to make improvements at Liberty High School in Clarksburg, Norris said.

The volunteers worked to replace deteriorating decorative stones with recycled rubber surfacing, built a retaining wall, removed poison ivy, oak and unwanted shrubbery, installed new steps to enhance safety for students, applied fresh paint, and removed broken lights, Norris said.

Ray Seech, Dominion’s director of area transmission operations, said community engagement efforts like these help to set a good example for the area’s students.

“By partnering with local schools we hope to encourage area youth by creating learning settings that are safer and more environmentally conscious,” he said.


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Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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