Guest blog By Amy Venturi, Director of Social Investment at Anadarko Petroleum, longtime supporter of Volunteers of America and valued volunteer
As a Coloradan and employee of the oil and natural gas industry, I am speaking on behalf of Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) to tell you that fracking benefits us all – personally, my family and my community.
I chose to work in the oil and natural gas industry because, like me, the moms and dads in our industry are dedicated to giving back to Colorado. As part of my role with Anadarko, I quickly introduced my company to one of the area’s strongest non-profit organizations, Volunteers of America (VOA), and since that time, the two have worked side-by-side to strengthen and provide valuable services to Colorado families.
Anadarko’s community involvement is indicative of the industry’s support for our local communities, charities and non-profits. In 2013, more than 200 oil and natural gas employees volunteered at the VOA, and the industry donated about $100,000 to the organization.
These donations and volunteer hours have helped VOA equip classrooms with school supplies, brightened the lives of Colorado seniors with holiday baskets and provided shelter to victims of domestic violence, among many other worthwhile causes.
A statewide fracking ban would dramatically reduce the industry’s ability to invest in Colorado, which would have devastating effects on organizations like the VOA and countless other non-profits that depend upon a vibrant oil and natural gas industry for funding and volunteer support.
So when CRED talks about fracking’s benefits, it goes far beyond just the industry. It spans into every corner of the state—touching the lives of every Coloradan.
As a supporter of the VOA, it’s vitally important for every single Coloradan to seek the truth about fracking in Colorado, to recognize the fundamental role it plays in our modern lives and the benefits it carries for hundreds of organizations that serve all Coloradans.