Energy development brings communities significant economic benefits. SWN creates jobs with higher-than-average wages and makes direct payments to local landowners through mineral leases and royalties. Through taxes and impact fees, we fund important government services, including schools, as well as infrastructure improvements, emergency preparedness, public safety and affordable housing. In West Virginia, approximately 75 percent of our property taxes goes to local schools. In Pennsylvania, the impact fees assessed on our wells are used to offset the statewide impact of drilling and to fund the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which in turn provides grants to Pennsylvania counties for highway, road and bridge improvements; environmental stewardship; water and storm water systems; and emergency response. We also make direct contributions to schools, nonprofits and community groups through our charitable giving.

Commodity prices may change over time, but SWN is steadfast in its support of long-term economic stability in the communities where we operate.

Developing a Local Workforce

SWN becomes part of the communities in which we operate, and core to this is our commitment to hire locally. By doing so, SWN is able to obtain valuable insight and perspective on local needs and concerns. Thus, when we enter a new area, developing and maintaining a local workforce is an important part of our community engagement efforts.

To expand access to the opportunities provided by our operations and build local pools of qualified candidates, we develop and sponsor programs that generate interest in the oil and gas industry and provide educational opportunities for those who wish to pursue careers in the industry.

Supporting Higher Education in Petroleum Technology

SWN supports and develops petroleum technology training programs in our primary operating areas. We have established scholarship funds, helped develop new courses, served as guest lecturers and provided real-world field experiences on SWN sites. In addition, we offer summer internships for students in programs at local colleges such as Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Pennsylvania. In West Virginia, we also donated $250,000 each to Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College to endow scholarships for students in petroleum technology degree programs, awarding 22 scholarships to date. (See the Data section for consolidated contributions data.)

Supporting STEM Education

SWN works with a number of organizations to enhance schools and provide opportunities for students. We promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs because they help students to develop talents that map to the high-skill, high-wage jobs in our industry; these programs also help SWN source a pipeline of future talent for our own operations. Some of our key efforts in this area include the following.

Science and Engineering Fairs

In Pennsylvania, SWN sponsors and helps to implement the annual Envirothon, a statewide science competition for high school students that brings together the winners of county-level competitions from all over the state. In 2019, we sponsored the county-level Envirothons in Bradford County and Susquehanna County.

Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit

SWN joined with five other oil and gas operators in Pennsylvania to develop the first Appalachia-specific mobile oilfield learning unit (MOL-U), building on our support of a similar, non-region-specific unit in 2017. The Appalachian MOL-U is a traveling educational exhibit that includes hands-on activities covering important elements of oil and gas exploration and production that teach key math and science concepts. The MOL-U visited five schools throughout Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia in 2019, with SWN personnel taking the lead in engaging local students.

High School Internships

At our headquarters near Houston, SWN participates in several high school internship programs that give local students an opportunity to work with SWN employees on real-world STEM projects in our industry. Depending on the program, students may visit SWN sites for a single day or work with us for up to three months. As a part of these programs, students learn about the oil and gas value chain and participate in mock projects to develop innovative ways to create value for the company.

High School STEM Grants

In 2018 and 2019, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, SWN gave $10,000 per year in grants to support K–12 STEM activities at schools in the West Virginia counties in which we operate. Since 2008, SWN has provided grants to high schools in Arkansas to fund equipment and assistance for programs that support science, math and technology, contributing more than $525,000 in the last 10 years.

Comp-U-Dopt

Since 2013, SWN has participated in Comp-U-Dopt, a Houston-based nonprofit committed to delivering technology access and education to underserved youth.bThis program recycles and refurbishes computers and other information technology equipment no longer needed by local corporations and provides programs and donations to local schools. SWN has contributed $170,000 to the program to date, and SWN employees have given 886 hours of volunteer time.

$2.1+ million

contributed to support petroleum technology and STEM education since 2008

$626,400

donated to Junior Achievement since 2007

9,300+

hours volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2007

15,256

students reached through Junior Achievement since 2007

  1. “Taxes” include state income taxes, payroll withholding taxes, severance fees, property taxes, franchise taxes, and sales and use taxes. Sales and use tax amounts included in the tax totals are exclusive of refund and audit payments.