Children, Not Soldiers Campaign
With over 150 years of combined experience in the energy industry among its personnel, Texas Energy Mutual, LLC, enjoys considerable success through its extensive research and innovation. This success enables Texas Energy Mutual to support an array of charitable causes, including Invisible Children, which seeks to end the forced recruitment of child soldiers in central Africa.
The United Nations likewise targets this atrocity with the Children, Not Soldiers campaign. Awareness of the issue developed following a special report to the UN in 1996 by Graça Machel, entitled “Impact of Armed Conflict on Children.” In the subsequent years, the UN passed multiple resolutions to research, create awareness of, and end this practice. One such resolution culminated in Children, Not Soldiers, which launched in 2014. The result was eight countries signing a UN Action Plan to end the recruitment of children within their borders. A Special Representative to the UN provides an update to the Security Council and General Assembly on a yearly basis.
A Grapevine, Texas-based oil and gas company, Texas Energy Mutual, LLC, boasts a history of successful exploration and development projects in both Texas and Oklahoma. The company’s interests also extend to its community, so Texas Energy Mutual contributes to the Salvation Army. This organization has been offering diverse services throughout the world since 1852, including disaster relief.
After dramatic flooding killed at least six people in east Texas in late April/early May 2016, local divisions of the Salvation Army responded quickly. The region also experienced multiple tornadoes during the same period.
The group is equipped to offer supplies, emotional and spiritual care, disaster-related social services, access to their expansive emergency radio network, and long-term recovery strategies during and after events like these. Following the Texas disaster, the Salvation Army teamed up with NFL running back Adrian Peterson to distribute $100,000 in his hometown of Palestine, Texas. The group also set up a dedicated website for flood and tornado relief donations: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/texas-dhq/disaster/texas-flood-tornado-relief. The Salvation Army commits 100 percent of donated funds directly to relief efforts.
Texas Energy Mutual LLC is a Texas-based independent oil and gas company. Texas Energy Mutual LLC has operations throughout Texas and Oklahoma and keeps a careful watch on drought conditions and water consumption in those states.
Adam Wilmoth of the Oklahoman reports that the oil industry uses less than 2 percent of Oklahoma’s water, despite the increased drilling in the state. While this number is projected to grow over the next few decades, some experts predict that the technology will become more efficient, keeping the overall water use relatively low.
Despite using less water than many industries, oil companies are still exploring options for reducing or eliminating water use. Innovations in drilling technologies could have significant impacts on water use. For instance, some Oklahoma energy firms are using a type of recycled water to reduce costs. Known as produced, or fossil, water, the water is a remnant of ancient oceans and contains more salt than seawater. The process has become less expensive and allows energy companies to use less water.