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  • Industry makes a “little” gain a lot with time and techJanuary 29, 2016



    The holiday season might be over, but it doesn’t mean you need to stop giving. The 2nd Annual Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive co-hosted by United Blood Services and theNorth Dakota Petroleum Council will kick off February 1 to collect a much needed resource to help save lives.

    The blood drive, which pits companies operating in the Bakken against one another in a friendly competition, is an opportunity for industry employees, their friends and family and the public to positively impact their communities and state. Companies will compete by recruiting the most people to donate blood on their behalf.

    “We each can have such a positive impact in the community around us. It’s just a matter of saying ‘yes’ when asked to give. We are excited to partner with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to ultimately save lives through this blood drive effort and encourage those who have never tried donating blood, to say ‘Yes’ this month,” said Travis Dressler, spokesperson for United Blood Services.

    Companies will be competing for $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice, but the competition isn’t limited to industry employees. Friends and families or members of the public that want to see their charity receive the award can go to any of the locations below and donate on a company’s behalf.

    Click here to find an event near you!


    (Via Oil and Gas 360) – It’s a tough market for the oil companies, but Whiting Petroleum Corporation (ticker: WLL) has figured something out.

    While oil and gas companies across the planet are battling an uncertain commodities market in which a barrel of oil fetches 70% less than it did 18 months ago, Whiting has found and implemented a secret weapon that has changed the dynamic of how the largest Bakken-Three Forks producer is developing its assets.

    The new knowledge that Whiting’s geoscientists are gaining from a large scale, high tech project in its core lab has allowed the company to continue to lower its costs and increase its production.

    Click here to read more.


    With oil markets down, many companies have had to cut back on the amount of money they can donate to communities and organizations, but many companies are trying to make up for it with time.

    Take, for example, Weatherford, an oil and gas service company with a presence all over the world. In Williston, Weatherford employees pulled together and volunteered 187 hours to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, raising $9,000 for the charity’s kettle drive.

    “The one thing we wanted to emphasize was how proud we are to give back to the community,” Weatherford Logistics Coordinator, Denise Gustafson, told Melissa Krause of the Williston Herald. “We are rooted in Williston. Even in the downturn, we’re here and strong. Weatherford will always be here.”

    “We have literally never seen anything like this before during our red kettle season,” Oxendahl told Krause. “It’s awesome to start the year off strong.”

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    Safety continues to be a top priority for industry, and recently, two companies showed that by meeting significant safety goals and benchmarks.

    Corval Group started off the new year by accomplishing more than 6 million hours worked without lost time injury.

    “We are excited and proud of this milestone but we are only able to reach these milestones by safely delivering projects, maintenance and service to our customers,” said CEO Paul Jordan.

    Corval has reached these milestones by implementing multiple online tools for efficient and effective access to safety information. It’s been about eight years since the company’s last lost workday, showing the success of their “No One Gets Hurt” safety policy.

    Fortis Energy Services Safety Program nets positive results

    Another service company, Fortis Energy Services, has seens its safety program, FortiSafe Certified, produce significant results as well. In less than one year, the company has improved its Total Recordable Injury Rate by 45 percent.

    “This accomplishment doesn’t happen simply by chance. It takes a culture of behavior based safety and the dedication of everyone from senior management to the guys operating the equipment working together to eliminate potential hazards which could potentially lead to an injury. While we believe that all injuries can be prevented, incidents occur from time to time. It takes a strong HSE department training and holding the employees accountable for their safety as well as those around them” said Fortis CEO Nathan Conway.

    Safety is part of the Fortis culture, and it’s prevalent throughout the organization. Each Fortis employee is FortiSafe Certified, a leading behavior based safety program. FortiSafe Certified works to extend the safety program beyond all customer expectations, covering both man and machine.

    Learn more about safety in the oilfield and other safety efforts taken by companies here.