June 7, 2011
Nexen lawyers at an annual legal retreat have ended their meetings on a high-note. On June 2, 2010 Gregg Radetsky, VP, General Counsel, Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc., Neil McCormick, VP & Chief Counsel of Global Operations and Rick Beingessner, VP & Chief Counsel, Corporate/Marketing presented the Greater New Orleans Foundation with $100,000 – an investment aimed at making a difference in one of the areas hardest hit by the BP Deepwater Horizon incident.
The gift will be applied to a fund administered by the foundation known as the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund and will directly assist fishing families who continue to be impacted by the spill.
“The Gulf Coast Oil Spill fund was opened days after one of the worst environmental catastrophes,” said Martha Landrum, VP of marketing and communications for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Donations like the one from Nexen will go directly to benefit fishermen and their families who continue to be adversely affected by the oil spill. We are so grateful for the continued support of companies like Nexen who care deeply about the future of the fishermen and their families who live along the Gulf Coast.”
This is not the first time Nexen’s legal retreat has been held in New Orleans. The year after Hurricane Katrina, the group also came to the beleaguered city and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity – building houses for people displaced by the tragedy.
Following that experience, the group felt a strong connection to New Orleans and picked it again this year in the wake of Macondo. The decision was made to ensure the retreat was used as an opportunity to find a meaningful way to support affected communities.
“When we were planning this year’s retreat, we knew we wanted it to end by making a significant impact on the area following the Macondo crisis,” explains Gregg. “When we learned about this fund, aimed at helping fishing families who continue to need assistance following the spill, it was a perfect match for Nexen.”
As a responsible developer, with deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico, we’re committed to delivering safe, reliable and environmentally sound operations. We’re also focused on finding ways to support local coastal communities in the region.
Get more information on the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill