In response to the coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic, Enerplus introduced additional measures to enhance employee and community safety, while ensuring the continuity of our business. We directed all staff who are able to work from home to do so, and adopted new working practices through leveraging technology and strong collaboration. At our field operations, we implemented procedures to allow for effective physical distancing for employees and contractors. Enerplus' senior leadership team has been operating under a dedicated emergency response plan, including increased engagements with the Company's Board of Directors, to address short term needs and plan for longer term business continuity.
Our office employees have been working remotely since mid-March. With a focus on exploring technology and accelerating the digitization of our business in recent years, many people already had the equipment they needed to work effectively and were comfortable using our technology remotely. We closed our field offices and implemented a point-to-point protocol wherein workers travel from home to their work location and back home again, avoiding any common gathering areas. Whenever we have multiple people required onsite, they are expected to respect social distancing, and safety paperwork is completed over the phone. We are ensuring we have appropriate quantities of personal protective equipment that is fit for purpose both operationally and within the context of the pandemic.
We believe firmly in removing compensation from the equation when it comes to our people making decisions about health. Whether our employees need to take time off work to focus on their recovery from COVID-19, or take care of family members, they continue to receive their full salary. While this approach is above and beyond legislation in every jurisdiction we operate in, doing anything less would have been counter to our safety commitment, and to our culture and values.
We continue to closely monitor the changing conditions in each of our operating areas, the best practices employed by others in our industry and beyond.
When it comes to relationships, we believe it's not just what we say, it’s what we do. Our people have found a number of ways to take action in our communities during this challenging time.
As the saying goes - when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Our colleagues Josh Ruffo and Teresa Presser responded to a call for supplies from our community members in North Dakota with a truckload of items they picked up from their local hometown businesses (yes, toilet paper included!). Health and safety were top of mind throughout the operation, as everyone followed health authority, Enerplus and community protocols. For Josh and Teresa, who are active in their communities to begin with, they knew the question was not if we could help, but how safely and how quickly we could do it. Thank you both for inspiring us all at Enerplus!
Meadowlark Brewing, a family-run craft brewery based in Sidney, Montana is a favorite among locals. In the last few weeks, the brewery shifted their operations to produce 2,800 12-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer. These bottles were delivered to health care and first responder groups serving the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and nearby communities including Killdeer and Watford City. We are so grateful for the heroic work these folks are doing each day. We were elated to work with a group of our peers (EOG Resources, Oneok, and RimRock) to help offset the financial costs to make this happen. Thank you to the amazing team at Meadowlark – if you’re in the Sidney area we’re told their usual, drinkable product is awesome, too.
Being able to support non-profit organizations as they offer critical community services is an important part of our role as an engaged corporate community partner. Two of the organization we work with in Calgary are managing increased demands for their services as the COVID-19 situation unfolds – we wanted to find even a small way to show them we’re with them.
In conversation about ordering hand sanitizer for our Canadian operations, we saw an opportunity to order a bit extra for the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter and the Calgary Drop-In Centre. Big thanks to our Team Lead, Health & Safety, Angus LeMoine who collected the hand sanitizer in Red Deer and delivered it to the agencies while being mindful of safety and social distancing protocols. If you’re able to give support to these organizations, please check their websites for their areas of greatest need.