In our first-ever United Way campaign in Tulsa, we presented a check for just over $450,000. Nationwide, we’ve raised more than $800,000. The proceeds benefit 22 United Way affiliates across the country.
We love to engage our employees through volunteerism and participation. At the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, our employees ran in the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K and fun run/walk, and also volunteered at water stations and the finish line.
New Town, N.D.
The original Elbowoods closed in the 1950s. Until this year, the Mine-Tohe Health Center west of New Town served as the reservation’s main clinic. Thanks to WPX and others, this 43,000-square-foot facility opened in October 2011. This new, much-needed facility employs 70 and is built to expand into a hospital, with 24/7 emergency care in the future. WPX Energy provided $50,000 to buy emergency-related equipment.
New Town, N.D.
More than 200 children in the New Town area had no park or playground. When community leaders decided it was time to change that, WPX employees agreed. One new playground is on its way.
WPX helped found the Community Counts organization and hotline as resources for residents in Western Colorado. Community Counts is designed to offer residents a resource for open and respectful dialogue when they have issues, concerns or questions relating to the natural gas and oil industry.
Fort Berthold, N.D.
When WPX employees heard that kids in the Fort Berthold region needed transportation, WPX presented a grant of $40,000 to buy a new passenger van. Boy, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes sure are happy.
Dave Randelman, a senior technician in E&P, led an effort to donate 32,000 feet of small-diameter pipe that otherwise would have been sold as scrap. Instead, the conservation group, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, use it to keep off-road vehicles off fragile wetlands and livestock away from water supplies for deer and elk herds.
Fort Berthold, N.D.
WPX contributed $100,000 for Gov. Dalrymple’s North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund. This fund is a private partnership that provides funding to build affordable housing. WPX directed its contribution for future low-income projects on the Fort Berthold reservation.
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.
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.