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In reviewing current employment trends within the oil and gas industry, check more women are indeed looking to the oilpatch for technical career opportunities and career advancement. This shift was highlighted by the majority of energy professionals that participated in the inaugural Global Diversity and Inclusion Report.

The study, recipe conducted jointly by BP and Rigzone, examined female representation in the energy workplace from the perspective of 3,000 oil and gas professionals.

While 62 percent of respondents felt the number of women working in oil and gas has increased globally, 80 percent of oil and gas professionals in South America agreed with this statement compared to only 52 percent in Europe, the lowest proportion from any work region.

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Mentors_CornerBy: Pastor Calvary Callender

It was the type of day you only read about. The sun was shining and the powdery snow was glistening. I was in the chair lift on my way to the top for another run down a majestic mountain. This was one of those days that couldn't be any more perfect for skiing. While the sun was shining, it wasn't melting the snow. Everyone seemed to be smiling and having a good time with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Everything seemed perfect. As I got off of the lift, I breathed deeply and took it all in. What a perfect day! I pointed my skis down the mountain and away I went!

I was thinking about how much I was enjoying this run when it happened. I was working my way back and forth as I skied down the hill when all of the sudden the tip of my ski was caught by a hole. I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but there is something extremely unpleasant about wiping out this way while snow skiing. All my weight was going down the hill, but the ski stopped suddenly slinging me to the ground. It felt like my body was the head of a hammer and the ski was the handle. I hit the ground hard, but the ride wasn't over. My skis were ripped from my feet and my body continued to go down the hill. I rolled 3 or 4 times before finally coming to a stop. I started to look up and gather myself when I felt a crushing blow to the temple of my head. Apparently one of the skis, after having been ripped from my feet, flew into the air. Somehow, the tip of my ski found itself aimed at my head and hit its mark.

I often wonder what a sight this must have been. After all the commotion, I gathered myself and my gear together. My head was throbbing so I reached up to grab it. When I pulled my hand away, it was covered in blood. I sat down and collected myself for a few minutes. I put my skis back on and gingerly skied the rest of the way down. I was determined that this "hammer ski wipeout" thing would not end this perfect day.

There's something to be said about determination. In all of our lives, there comes a point when we feel beat down and defeated. Maybe the world feels like it's coming down around us, or you had a bad day on the job, or got into a fight with your family or friends. It's in these moments that the measure of a person is tested. I am determined to stay the course in life. I want to go through life with a certain amount of determination, to "rise above the fray" so to speak. So the next time things start to get rough, be determined to rise above and conquer all of the problems that come your way. And that day of head quit hurting, I sucked up my hurt pride, and the blood dried and was able to be washed away. I will forever remember that day of skiing as one of the best ever.

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October 17, 2013, by James MacPherson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew about potential problems - including one deemed "serious" in documents obtained by The Associated Press - with a pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in the northwestern part of the state.

Dave Glatt, chief of the state Department of Health's environmental health section, said Wednesday that regulators want to know more about inspections conducted before the spill reported by a farmer harvesting wheat on his farm near Tioga on Sept. 29.

"We have heard they may have found some anomalies in the metal but not necessarily holes," Glatt said. "We have heard there were some potential problems identified."

Tesoro had not shared results of recent pipeline tests with health officials, Glatt said. Cleanup of the 7.3-acre spill area is priority with the state at present, he said.

"We want to know the integrity of the pipeline, what kind of monitoring was in place — and we will send a formalized letter asking that when we get a breather here," Glatt said.

Farmer Steve Jensen discovered the North Dakota oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat Sept. 29. Tesoro Corp. first estimated the spill at its underground pipeline near Tioga at 750 barrels. About a week later, the San Antonio, Texas-based company increased the estimate to 20,600 barrels, making it one of the largest spills in North Dakota history.

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Mentors_Corner-1By: Pastor Calvary Callender

We all have set priorities in our life, wouldn't you agree? Setting priorities must begin at a really early age. Our one year old son, Cayden, for instance, is beginning to have to figure out what is most important to him. Sometimes if I ask him to come to me, he will. If I ask him to come to me at the same time he is eyeballing mom's plant, though, you can see the wheels of his little brain turning. He will look at me, then turn and do his little Frankenstein run toward the plant, hoping to beat me there.

Our dog food is another thing that is one of his top priorities. He knows that if he gets in the dog food he will get in trouble, but we have come to the conclusion that he doesn't care. The dog food is so tempting that he just can't help himself. It must be of higher priority than caring what his parents say.

I was thinking the other day about how the lives of many people seem to be occupied with amassing an abundance of treasure. I don't think having money is wrong or that we should condemn those who have more than we do. What I'm getting to is the heart of our desire to have stuff. We need to be careful as to our reason for wanting to gather an abundance of wealth. We need to examine our priorities, to figure out how our time on this earth is best served.

I came across a story I'd like to share from the column, "Dear Ann Landers." "Dear Ann, The letter from the woman married to the tightwad entitled "She couldn't get an extra quarter out of him" that was in your column reminded me of my wonderful aunt who was beautifully warmhearted and had a great sense of humor.

Aunt "Emma" was married to a tightwad who was also a little strange. He made a good salary, but they lived frugally because he insisted on putting 20 percent of his paycheck under the mattress. (The man didn't trust banks.) The money, he said, was going to come in handy in their old age.

When "Uncle Ollie" was 60, he was stricken with cancer. Toward the end, he made Aunt Em promise, in the presence of his brothers, that she would put the money he had stashed away in his coffin so he could buy his way into heaven if he had to.

They all knew he was a little odd, but this was clearly a crazy request. Aunt Em did promise, however, and assured Uncle Ollie's brothers that she was a woman of her word and would do as he asked.

The following morning she took the money (about $26,000) to the bank and deposited it. She then wrote a check and put it in the casket four days later."

In the end, all the things we gather will not matter. Reminds me of the saying, "He who dies with the most toys, still dies." We can gather up all the treasures we want, but watch your heart. Why is it you want those treasures?

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Technology and liquids are the pivot point for hot-paced development across two extensively drilled industry legacies

Mike Slanton

September 2013

The bumper sticker reads "Carpe Oleum" (Seize the Oil), and it is westbound on Teas 30, heading for Kermit. The Sticker, and the truck it is attached to, are quickly lost in the hodgepodge of pickups, logging units, water haulers, welders and other oil patch traffic that constitutes the morning rush hour in what is typically one of the least populated parts of Texas. Lost, but not forgotten, the westbound witticism reflects the intensity of mood and activity across the country and, with particular fervor, in two venerable basins-the Permian and the Anadarko.

Liquids, long laterals, and lots of high-pressure, multi-stage pumping continue to drive Permian and Anadarko basin activity, as operators steadily shift their portfolios away from low-price gas assets. The focus is on oil and condensates in new intervals, and at greater depths in a mix of shale, sandstone and carbonate plays. Using technology and methods first advanced in unconventional shale development, operators are aggressively pursuing higher-value liquids in assets like the Permian's Spraberry and the Anadarko's Mississippian. In these plays, efficiency is king, as operators emphasize performance improvements through such efforts as pad drilling, optimized drilling and fracturing processes, and infrastructure.

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