MonDaks Safety Network

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting

March 9, 2017

Venue: Badlands Boulder Ridge Community Center, Watford City, ND

Donated by: Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc.

March sponsor: MDU Construction Services Group, Inc.

Eric Genet: Opening greeting and announcements.

President Eric Genet started the meeting by welcoming everyone, instructing all to sign the roster which will be available at all upcoming meetings, and addressing safety exit procedures. He reminded the group that our meeting is the second Thursday of every month. Introductions were made around the room.

Eric presented a safety warning on fake shackles provided by Allen Wheeler, Conoco Phillips. The fake shackles are being produced in China which is evident by the CE stamped on them meaning China Engineering and copying the name of Crosby only in all caps. (CROSBY) These fake replicas cannot stand up to the pressure that the American made shackles can. Injury and property damage can result.

Eric proceeded with an area press release in the Watford City area that motor vehicle enforcement officers will be carrying scales and be out enforcing weight restrictions so commercial vehicles should beware and keep load weights legal.

Eric added that Karolin Jappe, with McKenzie County Emergency Mgmt., reports that highway deaths have dropped by 1/3 since the drop in the price of oil.

Per Eric, the April meeting will be huge, 4 hours of presenters including Dr. Snawder and Andy Speidel with MSA both talking on Atmospheric Monitoring.

As of late, concern for adequate training for newly hired oilfield workers is safety professionals’ huge focus. There is a lack of experienced applicants in the job market. Experienced workers who got laid off when oil price dropped are not coming back to the oilfield. SafeLandUSA training must be improved to encompass this lack of experience.

National Steps is supporting the use of Leading Indicators as opposed to Lagging indicators, for incentive programs so as to encourage all reporting without repercussions.

MonDaks Safety By-Laws

Amendments to the MonDaks Safety By-Laws proposed by Eric are as follows:

  • Minimum of 5 members will satisfy the simple majority in order to conduct a business meeting as opposed to 6 originally posted
  • Current former President can preside over the voting procedure, not current President.

A vote was taken, ayes were the majority, both amendments were passed.

Woodrow Wilson, our 19th president said:

“You are not here to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” Eric provided this quote and encouraged us not to forget ‘the errand’. 


Members are encouraged to join the following committees, a group of 4-7 people would be beneficial, with majority having experience to exposure and additional 1-2 naked eyes to get the detached view.  Each committee needs a chair to keep it on track and focused so we need involvement.

  • Transportation and Transmission Committee
  • Frac and Silica Committee – Eric, Chair
  • Drilling and Production Committee – Chris Fenstermaker, Chair
  • Service Contractor Committee – Lee Wistrom, Chair
  • Workforce Recruiting Committee – Frank Richard, Chair
  • Event Committee – Andy Reeves, Chair
  • Website/Membership Committee – Svetlana Genet and James Smith, Chair

Eric quoted John F Kennedy as saying ‘there is something immoral about abandoning your own judgment’.


Kelly Harrelson with Secure Onsite Services spoke on 2017 Workforce issues and concerns. Kelly formerly worked for DuPont where DuPont and GE formed a network about Safety Across the Board. Kelly said emphasis should be placed on uniting safety programs to keep qualified individuals in the energy work base in this area. When oil prices dropped in our area, many people lost their jobs, 9% returned to the field to work, the rest have not because they do not trust the industry any more. We have to bring qualified individuals back. Certified workers do not necessarily make experienced workers, certificates are available on line that do not make you experienced.

Secure Onsite Services has started hiring by taking their time and vetting all applicants. Lack of experienced workers can be dangerous and costly especially if it involves a spill.
Make sure you investigate the companies that are coming onto your location.  Check ISNetworld or PEC Premier websites for safety performance of companies you hire.


Lee Wistrom, HSE, Conoco Phillips, spoke on the hazards of atmospheric pressures. Lee did a vapor study on single wells. He set up test monitors on catwalks and over thief hatches to measure LELs during tank measuring activities. The tests were to record the amount of LELs and how they diminished over time and distance depending on weather activities. Lee explained the results of those tests. The testing was done on primarily a very low budget. Testing takes revenue.  The tests were spurred by an incident from the spring of 2015 where an individual went down while tank gauging during flow back. NIOSH has the testing capabilities and would be willing to work with companies in our area to provide the equipment needed.