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December 15, 2012

OERB celebrates Konawa student

Ada —  

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board honored Konawa Elementary student Gracie Herriman Wednesday for winning its Where in the World is Petro Pete? contest.

The goal of the contest was to teach students about the thousands of everyday products made from petroleum ­ things like toothbrushes, erasers, tennis shoes, etc. Students downloaded, printed and colored a picture of the OERB's education mascot, Petro Pete. Then, they took a photo of themselves and Pete with their favorite petroleum by-products.

Herriman is a second grade student in Konawa. Her entry was chosen as the first place winner in the kindergarten through second grade division. OERB education mascot Petro Pete was on hand to give Gracie a set of the OERB1s children's books and a gift card.

During the awards program, the OERB also took the opportunity to discuss well site safety with students.

"Any time we can teach students about staying away from oilfield equipment, we do," said Carla Schaeperkoetter, OERB Education Director.

"Oil and natural gas production is going on in nearly every Oklahoma county. You don't have to go very far to find a pumpjack or oil tank and students need to know they can be dangerous places to hang out if you are not a trained professional."

The OERB will soon be accepting entries for its annual poster and coloring contest that is focused on well site safety. Parents and teachers can found out more on the For Educators page at www.oerb.com.

Created in 1993 by the Oklahoma Legislature, the OERB is proud to have served the state for nearly 20 years. The OERB is funded voluntarily by oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners through a one-tenth of 1 percent assessment on the sale of oil and natural gas. The OERB's purpose is to conduct the environmental restoration of orphaned and abandoned well sites and to educate Oklahomans about energy. Register an abandoned well site at oerb.com.

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