Wink to Webster is committed to operating the pipeline system in a manner that is responsible to the communities through which the pipeline is routed. After all, we live and work here too.
We seek to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, apply rigorous operating standards and seek to support our communities in ways we can. We support programs that promote safety and education, provide grants to support community organizations and extend a helping hand.
Wink to Webster offers Good Neighbor Grants to support local, tax-exempt organizations in the communities where we operate. More than 50 community organizations along our route have received Wink to Webster Good Neighbor Grants to support first responder efforts, educational initiatives and local assistance programs.
Any 501(c)3 organization along the route can apply for a Good Neighbor Grant. The Wink to Webster Pipeline System joint-venture partners welcome any input and ideas about organizations in your community that might benefit from a grant. For instance, we have even received requests from local food banks, schools and programs to support first responders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A grant application can be downloaded here.
As part of its COVID-19 response, ExxonMobil, which operates the Wink to Webster pipeline, retooled some of its production facilities to produce hospital-grade hand sanitizer for distribution to communities across Texas. Our team donated the equivalent of nearly 18,000 four-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer to local officials, fire departments, EMS and community leaders along the Wink to Webster pipeline route at times when these supplies were hard to source.
ExxonMobil is continuing its support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camps for students and educators conducted by the Tapia Center at Rice University. The Tapia “Educator Professional Development Camp” introduces elementary and high school teachers to STEM project-based learning methods and allows participants to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours. The “Say STEM Camps” encourage 8th through 12th graders to pursue STEM careers and cover topics in Math, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering and Biology. Special tracks are available for top STEM students and dual-language learners.
To enhance emergency preparedness along the route, ExxonMobil and Wink to Webster worked with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to create a specialized training course related to liquid pipeline and storage tank emergency response. Firefighters along the route and across the state are able to take the in-classroom and hands-on course, at no cost to them. The weekend course is conducted at the world-renown TEEX training facility in College Station.
More than 350 firefighters from across Texas have participated in the training. Please check back for information on future dates.