Colonial Press Release

Colonial Pipeline Supports Environmental Partners Systemwide as part of 2019 Colonial Cares Initiative

Education, volunteering and engagement are the foundation of Colonial’s environmental stewardship efforts 

ALPHARETTA, GA (December 12, 2019) – More than 200 Colonial Pipeline employees rolled up their sleeves to participate in 14 volunteer activities this year as part of the company’s 2019 Colonial Cares initiative. With operations in 14 states along the approximately 5,500-mile pipeline system, Colonial supports and engages with organizations with a shared value of environmental stewardship. 

During the Colonial Cares events, Colonial employees planted trees, marsh grass and shrubs, and created buffers to reverse coastal erosion. Activities included removing debris from rivers, lakes and beaches, as well as making repairs and enhancements to parks, preserves and farms.

Colonial Cares demonstrates the sincerity and spirit of our employees to give back and to enhance the landscapes and waters in the communities near where they live and work,” says Colonial’s President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Blount. Through these partnerships and activities, we engage in best practices to enhance ecosystems, communities, and the way Colonial interacts with local environments. We value the many partnerships we have created with environmental groups along our pipeline and take great pride in supporting their important work.” 

Colonial’s ongoing Environmental Partner Program creates open dialogue with riverkeeper, conservation, and other environmental organizations, which shapes Colonial’s environmental protection strategies. The program also aims to foster a better understanding of pipelines and their role in local communities and the country’s energy infrastructure. 

The following is a list of 2019 Colonial Cares events where Colonial Pipeline employees participated: 

May 10 – Kountze, Texas 

Nature Conservancy of Texas – Sandyland Sanctuary Restoration

Employees restored areas of the park that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey

October 2 – Mount Holly, N.C.

Catawba Riverkeeper – Mountain Island Lake Cleanup

Volunteers removed debris by kayak and on foot from Mountain Island Lake

October 4 – West Blocton, Ala. 

Cahaba Riverkeeper/​Cahaba River Society – Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge Planting 

Volunteers planted trees in the Cahaba Wildlife Refuge 

October 4 – Greensboro, N.C.

Piedmont Land Conservancy – Country Park Restoration

Volunteers made repairs to a shelter and picnic tables at the park 

October 5 – Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Tennessee River Gorge Trust – Tennessee River Rescue

Volunteers joined other groups to clear debris from the Suck Creek Boat Ramp area 

October 11 – Atlanta, Ga. 

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – Chattahoochee River Cleanup

Volunteers removed debris from the river and a tributary by boat and on foot

October 17 – Slidell, La. 

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana/​Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Planting 

Volunteers joined a project to plant marsh grass to reverse coastal erosion 

October 17 – Baltimore, Md. 

Waterkeepers Chesapeake – Whitelock Farm Enhancements 

Volunteers made enhancements to the Whitelock Farm to prevent agricultural runoff 

October 18 – St. Francisville, La. 

Nature Conservancy of Louisiana – Mary Ann Brown Preserve Restoration

Volunteers cleared hiking trail, installed signage and made repairs to the preserve 

October 18 – Union Beach, N.J.

NY/NJ Baykeeper – Union Beach Sweep 

Volunteers removed debris from Union Beach on the New York Harbor 

October 24 – Millville, N.J.

Nature Conservancy of New Jersey – Maurice Bluffs Preserve Restoration

Volunteers did habitat work by clearing invasive plants and planting buffer plants 

October 29 – Suffolk Va.

Nansemond River Preservation Alliance – Sleepy Hole Park Riparian Buffer

Volunteers planted shrubs at Sleepy Hole Park to create a buffer on the Nansemond River

November 13 – College Park, Md. 

Anacostia Riverkeeper – College Park River Cleanup 

Volunteers removed debris from a park on the Anacostia River 

November 20 – Bay St. Louis, Miss. 

Nature Conservancy of Mississippi – Hook & Line Sample 

Volunteers caught and tagged fish to help a study of local fisheries in Bay St. Louis 

About Colonial Pipeline: Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. military. Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations. More information about Colonial is available at

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