PBPA/OTA Weekly Webinars
PBPA has been working hard to monitor and assist member companies in any way that we can during the challenges currently facing our communities and industry.
When we find resources or programs that could be vital in helping to keep your businesses operating, we want to offer them for your consideration. To that end, PBPA has joined up with OTA Compression/OTA Environmental to help continue on a webinar series originally created by OTA as a way to help the industry. The topics already covered by these webinars have been diverse – bankruptcy issues, effect of low prices on environmental issues and facility operations, how to maximize forgiveness of a PPP loan, what practices and policies to implement to keep your employees healthy and protected, and more!
The response has been great. The need for this information significant. So it only makes sense that PBPA partner with OTA to get these resources to our members.
The Webinars are held on Wednesdays and will start at 10:30 am. For more information on these webinars please contact the PBPA office. Videos of previous Webinars can be found in the Members Only section on this website.
Information from Federal and State Governments
The U.S. Federal Government has established a website, www.usa.gov/coronavirus where you can find the latest information from the Cornoavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.
Visit FEMA for answers to coronavirus myths and rumors.
BLM Guidance on Lease Suspensions and Royalty Rate Reductions
The BLM Oil and Gas Guidance for Lease Suspension can be found HERE.
The BLM Oil and Gas Guidance for Royalty Rate Reduction can be found HERE.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, PHMSA has given notice that it will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carirer who is unable to provide recurrent training consistent with HMR training requirements. This enforcement discretion will be exercised by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, PHMSA, and the United States Coast Guard.
New Mexico Governor
During the COVID 19 pandemic, Governor Lujan Grisham has issued several executive orders, including emergency declarations. To keep track of those orders and what they could mean to your operations, you can click here. If you have any questions on these orders, please let us know.
Governor Abbott has also issued several executive orders relating to COVID 19 preparedness and mitigation. You can find those orders here. If you have any questions, please let us know.
New Mexico Oil Conservation Division
New Mexico Oil Conservation Division guidance on operating within an emergency declaration.
Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)
The RRC has provided updates during these times including a letter from Chairman Wayne Christian regarding the overall energy market, proration, and solicitation of American oil for purchase for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has established a regulatory guidance website that can be accessed here.
Additionally, as a resource for employees, several provisions have been made for unemployment insurance in Texas and New Mexico and some small business administration programs may be available for some members in both Texas and New Mexico after recent approval from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH)
MMH has created a drive through testing center for those who meet testing standards. Schedule an appointment through the hospitals hotline, 68-NURSE (432-686-8773), or your regular healthcare provider.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)
TTUHSC has organized information related to Guidance related to the Coronavirus Disease which can be viewed here: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/coronavirus/default.aspx
Support for Families
Even as businesses begin to reopen, many families are struggling to adjust to new situations at home. These challenges include restless children, homeschooling and protecting family health during the pandemic. This is especially true for special needs families, where regular support structures and access to professionals have been dramatically altered.
Below is a link to a resource that helps provide actionable information around these problems
School District Information
For all grade level students without internet access, Midland ISD and Ector County ISD have developed Enrichment Packets. These packets can be picked up at meal distribution sites from 7:30-8:30 and 11:30-12:30.
Midland ISD will also be serving breakfast and lunch for any students wanting them at the sites as well as through a mobile service. Check midlandisd.net/covid19
Food Distribution outside the schools
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is serving all nursing homes and other elderly. Check website (www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org) for details and specifics based on your city.
West Texas Food Bank (WTFB)
WTFB is also serving meals through drive thrus at certain times. Homebound seniors can set up meal delivery to their homes as well. Instead of donating food and supplies to WTFB, they are asking for donations. Learn more at wtxfoodbank.org.
As another source for seniors looking for food delivery, H-E-B is offering help with delivery for seniors through Favor Delivery, using the Favor app or by calling 1-833-397-0080. For more specific information on what is being offered, you can see a report here.
Midland Relief, LLC
Midland Relief, LLC was formed by Opal’s Table, PBEX, LLC and the Milagros Foundation. It is a 501 c(3) organization which will provide 500 meals daily, 6 days a week (Monday through Saturday) to support those most affected by current events. With the help of volunteers, meals can also be delivered. Pick up times are 12-2 and 4-6.
All meals are free to those in need. We encourage workers in health care, public safety, the hospitality industry and educators to utilize this program.
For information on the programs, or how to support Midland Relief, LLC, please visit their website: https://www.midlandrelief.com/
Personal Protective Equipement (PPE)
There is a need for PPE by first responders and others in the medical industry. If you have available PPE that could be useful, such as N-95 respiratory masks, please contact PBPA regarding how to get that equipment to where it is needed.
Other Local Information
City of Midland
City of Midland Mayor, Patrick Payton, has issued a Disaster Declaration. The city continues to work with the Unified Command team in preparation for and mitigation of COVID 19. For the latest updates from the City of Midland, click here.
City of Odessa
City of Odessa Mayor, David Turner, has also issued a Disaster Declaration and the City of Odessa is also actively monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can find the latest from the City of Odessa, by clicking here.
For information on what Lea County is doing in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, you can click here. At this link, the county has shared videos to help get more information about COVID 19 and what it means for you. They also provide links to get information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Mexico Department of Health (NM DOH).
A Message from UTPB
The University of Texas Permian Basin continues to navigate the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. This crisis has impacted our UTPB family, but we are resilient and we believe we’ll come out of this even stronger.
In our effort to help the community flatten the curve, and under the guidance of the UT System, we shifted all classes online and encouraged students to move home to be with their families. For some, this has caused unexpected challenges in their lives – and we are stepping in to help. Still, the COVID-19 reality will create greater need for emergency support.
UT Permian Basin’s first-ever Falcon Giving Day is focused on shining a bright light on these two funds. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off-campus. Due to these rapidly changing circumstances, the needs of our students have become even more urgent. They need your support now, more than ever.
Falcon Giving Day is a unified, campus-wide effort to inspire Falcons to come together, show pride for UTPB, and provide essential funding to support current and future students. This 24-hour giving campaign is 1 week away on April 8, 2020. Click the video below to learn more and please consider making a donation early so our students can stay on track and continue to be successful.
We are so grateful for our alumni, donors, students, faculty, staff, and community. Thank you for thinking of our students during this uncertain time. Please be safe and take care of yourselves.
Midland Chamber's Permian Strong: Response to COVID-19
In an effort to serve the Midland Chamber members, this resource will promote businesses who are offering business services, have modified operations, or have needs the community could fulfill in response to COVID-19.
San Angelo COVID-19 Resource Hub
The COVID-19 Business Resource Hub is a collaborative effort by the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center, the City of San Angelo Development Corporation, the Concho Valley Workforce Development Board, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Division, and Tom Green County.
Business as we know it is changing rapidly in the wake of COVID-19 and the partnering entities want to help maintain not only the health of the San Angelo community, but strengthen the economy and business community as well. Listed below are steps for businesses to take to prepare for COVID-19’s impact on them, as well as additional resources to mitigate disruptions caused by this global health crisis.
Included in the COVID-19 Business Resource Hub are not only links to valuable resources, but also a step-by-step guide for business during COVID-19. This page is actively updated as resources become available.