In July, Chris Weinell, his wife and two young children rented a pontoon boat at Navajo Lake, New Mexico’s second-largest lake. This lake, 35 miles across, straddles the New Mexico and Colorado border. After stopping to fish and swim, they noticed a storm approaching and decided to head back to shore. But the motor wouldn’t start, and there was no cell reception. After waiting helplessly for another boat to come by, Chris, in desperation, scaled a 200-foot canyon wall in his sandals so he could hike to get help for his family.
After more than four hours of hiking, he saw WPX well pad Rosa 357A and an emergency phone number. WPX Safety Specialist Bill Robertson was at the lake when he received the alert from WPX’s vendor partner, First Call. Knowing the area, Bill called park rangers and emergency responders to be sure they had the correct coordinates to locate Chris.
But Bill didn’t stop there. To be safe, he called back later to check to see if Chris was found, only to discover the dispatchers had given the deputy the wrong coordinates. They were hours away.
With lightning increasing and daylight fading, Bill called the safety manager at Triple S, a subcontractor partner that hauls water to drilling sites, to see if they could help. They had one truck left in the area and knew exactly where the pad was.
Chris was reunited with his family late that night thanks to WPX well pad Rosa 357A and a committed WPX employee, Bill Robertson, who sees safety as his calling.
Another example of the strength of our people.
Hawthorne Elementary School
Just six months after becoming a stand-alone company, WPX began partnering with Hawthorne Elementary in Tulsa. Each WPX employee is encouraged to take a paid hour each week to mentor a pre-K or Kindergarten student and then follow them through 5th grade. In addition to time, WPX has provided $20,000 for new books and backpacks for classroom checkout.