Michelle Lacey

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Tips for Pipeline Workers


Did you know the United States has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world? That's 2.4 million miles of pipe! Stay at the top of your game as a pipeline worker by checking out the tips below.

1. Staying Fit

Pipeline work can be physically demanding and requires a certain level of endurance and stamina. Pipeliners can often find themselves in awkward positions doing physically repetitive tasks for long periods of time. On top of that, you're operating tools and have an expectation to work fast! Keep yourself in tip-top shape for pipeline work by doing cardiovascular exercises, such as jogging or cycling. Cardio can help strengthen your heart and lungs to keep you safe and productive at work.

2. Staying Safe

Pipeline work is dangerous, and if you're not careful, deadly. Always wear your personal protective equipment and follow safety protocol to the letter. If you're a welder, avoid long-term eye damage by making sure your helmet’s filter lens meets the recommended shade for your work assignment. Protect your ears by wearing ear plugs or muffs. Wear flame-resistant materials to protect yourself from open flames and radiation. Make sure to replace personal protective equipment when they become damaged or worn.

3. The More You Know, the More You Grow

Your skills should be as sharp as your tools. Keep your certifications current and complete formal trainings by your employer when possible. Organizations like the American Petroleum Institute (API), and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), offer a wide variety of certification programs that can improve your earning potential and increase the chances of landing your next job. Certification also helps ensure to potential employers that your technical knowledge is up to date!

4. Keep a Current Resume

Your skills aren't the only thing that should be up to date. Keep an updated resume handy with your relevant skills and work experience. Don't waste time struggling to remember details of past jobs when trying to find new work. Update your resume after every job experience to make submitting your resume easy.


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Source: American Petroleum Institute


5 Fun Facts About the Permian Basin

The Permian Basin is not only rich with petroleum and natural gas deposits; it’s rich in history, too. Here are five facts about the Permian Basin you might not know. 

1. The Name 

The Permian Basin gets its name from the Permian geologic period which began 299 million to 251 million years ago. This time period is best known for its dramatic ending, when an asteroid struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs! Over millions of years, those extinct dinosaurs transformed into what we now call fossil fuels. 

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

2. Everything’s Bigger in Texas

We know that the Permian Basin covers most of West Texas and parts of Southeastern New Mexico - but did you know that it’s actually more than 86,000 square miles? In total, it’s close to 250 miles wide and 300 miles long. Just to give you an idea, that’s about the size of the entire state of North Dakota!

3. Lucky Strike

In 1923, the Santa Rita No. 1 struck major oil in the Permian on land leased from The University of Texas. So how did the first rig to strike oil in the Permian get its name? Turns out the rig was named after Saint Rita of Cascia - the patron saint of impossible causes. Proving to be far from an impossible cause, today the Santa Rita No. 1 rests on The University of Texas campus.

Source: Texas State Historical Association

4. History of Victory

Patriotism runs deep in the Permian. During World War II, the Permian had its share of responsibility in contributing to the winning war efforts of the Allied Forces. Wrap your head around this fact: About half of the world’s oil and gas production at the time came from the Permian! This supply helped in fueling the tanks, ships, and planes the Allied Forces used to ultimately win the war.

 Source: Drilling & Geophysics Society of Dallas

5. The Permian Today

Nationwide, the total oil rig count has risen to 883. Did you know more than half of those rigs are located in the Permian? If you stacked all the oil rigs in the Permian on top of each other, they would stretch almost 6 miles into the Texas sky!

Source: Baker Hughes Rig Count Data

Impress your friends and coworkers with these five surprising facts about the Permian.

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