We at Border to Border Exploration, L.L.C. are dedicated to safety being priority #1 in all areas of our operations. We believe that our joint success in our operational efforts lies greatly in the degree of PROFESSIONALISM and QUALITY we all bring to our operations. We set the highest standards of professionalism and quality to ensure safety and success. We believe that the standard of professional and quality assured operations is set before arriving on a BBX location. “Safety, yours and mine should never be required. Safety, yours and mine should ALWAYS be DESIRED.” BBX is proud to support the DESIRE to be SAFE.

Our commitment is to continue to build a culture of core values to protect the health and safety of our employees, communities and the environment. We invest vast amounts of time and resources in communicating with our partners, interest owners, contractors, communities and governmental agencies to ensure excellent communication and effective actions to protect property, people, air, water and land.    

Professionalism is not just knowing your job or task…it is how you apply the knowledge in its most complete form.

Quality and its synonyms: excellence, class, eminence, value, worth and superiority at their highest levels are the identifiers that Border to Border Exploration, L.L.C. is looking for and by which services will be rendered on BBX locations.

We will always be driven to lead and be innovative in ensuring that the highest standards are set and met in the Health, Safety and Environmental arenas of the Oil and Gas Industry.

Border to Border Exploration Safety:

Our safety program is centered on building a safety culture with core values. We strive to be innovative in our approach to ensure success in all areas of safety. We believe in educating; the passing of knowledge and wisdom is essential. Here are some approaches we have taken to support a highly knowledgeable and aware culture within our operations.

  • Monthly Contractor Safety Meetings – An open monthly forum created by Border to Border Exploration, L.L.C. to share contractor supported presentations that address the hazards associated with our industry. We average approximately 100 contractor participants monthly.
  • Town hall Safety Meetings – We have taken the opportunity as a “Good Neighbor” Operator to provide a venue for citizens to be educated on being familiar with the surrounding operations and the steps we take to ensure safety to person, property and the environment.
  • Youth Safety Education – We have started a safety program in the surrounding community schools in our area of operations. We do a group educational presentation on the dangers associated with being on an operational location. We strive to promote awareness, and challenge students in partnering with us to keep all operations safe for the professionals that service the operations and those that reside around the operations.
  • Employee Education – We have always been committed to providing educational resources to promote professionalism, quality and safety within the employee structure of our organization. Providing mandated and elective educational venues is of the utmost importance to us. Our in-house safety meeting programs address the safety issues of the employees with topics both related to professional and personal areas of the employees’ lives.
  • Field SafetyAll areas of our operational safety is built around communication. We take all steps to require, promote and support avenues of communication such as; Standard Operating Procedure review, Job Safety Analysis, pre-operational safety meetings, Stop Work Authority, tailgate safety meetings, hazard identification cards and Safety Audits. We adhere to all regulatory standards within our operational efforts. The highest standard is set both for in-house employees and Contractor based employees working within our operations.   

Border to Border Exploration Environmental:

We set the highest standards to insure in the protection of the environment surrounding and associated with our operations.

  • Compliance – We partner with a highly reputable Environmental Firm to insure that all regulatory standards associated with environmental impact are met and exceeded in all areas of our operations.
  • Operations A great amount of effort and resources are invested in pre-survey and the planning associated with and before beginning our operational tasks. All-inclusive documents are created to identify and protect environmental concerns associated with environmental impact. We are committed to adhering to all standards associated with protecting the environment within the scope of our operations. We are driven to be innovative, striving to always set a standard that raises the bar in preserving environmental quality associated with our operations.
  • Partnerships We have sought out, established and support a very positive relationship with community, county, state and federal agencies. We are active members of Local County Emergency Planning Committees. We utilize off-duty County Sheriff Department Deputies to patrol and provide security for operational locations. We have familiarized ourselves with and introduced ourselves to the EMS services that support the communities and counties associated to our operations.    

Border to Border Exploration Health:

We are committed to an effort to help our employees live healthier lives. We believe we can improve the health and well-being of our employees’ lives through health and safety education. We also work to reduce exposure to occupational risks and hazards that are inherent to oil and gas exploration and production. Border to Border Exploration, L.L.C. designs sound programs to protect our employees according to all Federal and State regulations.

“Throughout the ranks; Executive Management, Engineering, Administration, Geology, Land, Drilling, Completions, Production and Pipeline…Border to Border Exploration, L.L.C. is driven to be a GOAL ZERO company. We will stay committed to and strive to be an innovative leader within the industry’s Health, Safety and Environmental arena…creating a stronger and safer oil and gas industry, now and for the future.”     John  Dee    

John Dee
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager
BBX Operating, L.L.C.

September Safety Brief:  


The human body is composed of 75 percent water and 25 percent solid matter. To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and conduct all the trillions of activities in the body, we need water. Most modern societies, however, no longer stress the importance of drinking water as the most important "nutrient" among nutrients. Entire population groups are substituting water with tea, coffee, alcohol and other manufactured beverages. Many people don't realize that the natural thirst signal of the body is a sign that it requires pure, plain drinking water. Instead, they opt for other beverages in the belief that this will satisfy the body's water requirements. This is a false belief.

Common Beverage Substitutions Lead to Dehydration

It is true that beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, sports/energy drinks and juices contain water, but they also contain caffeine, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners or other chemicals that act as strong dehydrators. The more of these beverages you consume, the more dehydrated your body becomes because the effects they create in the body are exactly opposite the ones that are produced by water. Beverages containing caffeine, for example, trigger stress responses that at first have strong diuretic effects, leading to increased urination. Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar levels. Any beverage that provokes such a response coerces the body to give up large quantities of water. Regular consumption of such beverages results in chronic dehydration, which plays a part in every toxicity crisis (the body's effort to rid itself of accumulated toxins)...DEADLY!

BBX Safety is constantly concerned about your well-being. Dehydration, if left unnoticed and unattended to can be lethal. To many times we limit our understanding of the danger of dehydration to extended work in the heat…as this is a scenario by which we should show concern and awareness; it is not the only scenario where dehydration can threaten our well-being. Following is a chart that will show the degree of hydration or dehydration your body is in thru your urine. BBX Safety is and will never have tunnel vision and just focus on those working in the field. BBX Safety gives value to every BBX TEAM member. We have placed copies of this chart in all BBX restrooms for our office personnel. Please listen to your body! It will give you the best warning signs of threat to its well-being. Drink plenty of water! Take care of yourself; you are a very important and valued member of the BBX TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More). Please take the time to look at the chart below and consider the information of how dehydration is a hidden enemy to your well-being.

Lack of Energy

A dehydrated person may also be suffering from a lack of energy. Because of a shortage of water inside the cells, the normal osmotic flow of water through the cell membrane becomes severely disturbed. Similar to a stream running down a mountain, the movement of water into the cells generates "hydroelectric" energy, which is subsequently stored as ATP molecules (the main source of cellular energy). As a rule, the water we drink keeps the cell volume balanced, and the salt we eat maintains the balanced volume of water that is kept outside the cells and in circulation. This generates the perfect osmotic pressure necessary for cellular nourishment and energy production. In a dehydrated state, the body fails to sustain this vital mechanism, thereby leading to potentially serious cell damage.

The Pain Connection
Another major indicator of dehydration in the body is pain. In response to an increasing shortage of water, the brain activates and stores the important neurotransmitter histamine, which directs certain subordinate water regulators to redistribute the amount of water that is in circulation. This system helps move water to areas where it is needed for essential metabolic activity and survival when facing such a shortage, as may occur during a drought. When histamine and its subordinate regulators for water intake and distribution move across pain-sensing nerves in the body, they trigger strong and continual pain. These pain signals may manifest, for example, in rheumatoid arthritis, angina, dyspepsia, low back problems, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, migraine, and hangover headaches. They are necessary to alert the person to attend to the problem of a widespread or localized form of dehydration.

"Body Drought" - The Strongest Type of Stress
The human brain, working around the clock, requires more water than any other part of the body. Typically, the brain contains about 20 percent of all the blood that circulates through the body. It is estimated that brain cells consist of 85 percent water. Their energy requirements are not only met by metabolizing glucose (simple sugar), but also by generating "hydroelectric" energy from the water drive through cell osmosis. The brain depends greatly on this cell-generated source of energy in order to maintain its hugely complex processes and efficiency.

Water deficiency in the brain tissue cuts down the brain's energy supply, and thereby subdues many of its vital functions -- a situation most people call depression. With a lower than normal level of brain energy, you are unable to meet your physical, personal and social challenges and subsequently succumb to fear, anxiety, anger and other emotional tribulations. You may feel drained, lethargic, stressed and depressed.

The Stress Response
When dehydrated, the body has to put up the fight of a lifetime -- similar to the one experienced during a famine or a "fight or flight" situation. It responds to such a crisis by mobilizing several powerful hormones, including adrenalin, endorphins, cortisone, prolactin, vasopressin, and Renin-Angiotensin (RA). Endorphins, for example, help us to withstand pain and stress and allow the body to continue most of its activities. Cortisone orders the mobilization of stored energies and essential raw materials to supply the body with energy and basic nutrients during the crisis. This hormone actually allows the body to feed off itself, a situation that is warranted during a famine. Of course, this is also very stressful and potentially dangerous for the body, as can be seen by such emotional expressions as, "I cannot cope anymore," or "This is really eating at me."

Constriction of Blood Vessels
When the cells in the body are under-supplied with water, the brain's pituitary gland produces the neurotransmitter vasopressin, a hormone that has the ability to constrict blood vessels in areas where there is cellular dehydration. During dehydration, the quantity of water in the bloodstream is reduced. Vasopressin, as its name suggests, squeezes the vascular system, i.e., the capillaries and arteries, to reduce their fluid volume. This maneuver is necessary to continue having enough pressure in the vascular system to allow for a steady filtration of water into the cells. This gives vasopressin a hypertensive property. High blood pressure is a common experience among people who are dehydrated. A similar situation occurs in the liver's bile ducts, which begin to constrict in response to water shortage in the body. Gallstone formation is a direct result of dehydration.

Water Retention and Kidney Damage
The Renin-Angiotensin (RA) system becomes activated whenever there is a shortage of water in the body. This brilliantly designed system is used to direct the body to hold on to water wherever possible. It instructs the kidneys to inhibit urination and tightens the capillaries and the vascular system, particularly in areas that are not as vitally important as the brain and the heart muscles. At the same time, it stimulates an increase in the absorption of sodium (salt), which helps the body to retain water. Unless the body returns to its normal level of hydration, the RA system remains activated. But this also means that the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels remains abnormally high, thereby causing the damage that is known as cardiovascular disease. Hypertension and the retention of urine in the kidneys may lead to kidney damage.

The Caffeine and Alcohol Drama
The caffeine contained in such beverages as tea, coffee, soft drinks and most power drinks, not only stimulates and stresses both the central nervous and immune systems, but also acts as a powerful diuretic. For every cup of coffee or tea you drink, your body has to relinquish up to three cups of water to remove the toxic caffeine. It cannot afford to give up this water without suffering some sort of damage. The caffeine-containing soft drink beverages work in a similar way. Caffeine, being a nerve toxin, stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete stress hormones and to trigger a strong immune response that may give you the false impression that this newly found energy and vitality was somehow provided by the consumed beverage. Alcohol's diuretic effect on the body is similar to that of caffeine-containing beverages. For example, drinking one glass of beer results in the body forfeiting up to three glasses of water. As mentioned before, a hangover is the result of alcohol abuse, which causes the brain to suffer severe dehydration. If this occurs repeatedly, a large number of brain cells become damaged and die. As a result, many important brain functions slow down or become depressed.

Soft Drinks May Seriously Harm Your Health
New evidence confirms that soft drinks cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Coca-Cola, Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA -- a problem more usually associated with aging and alcohol abuse. This can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's. The findings reveal serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who consume carbonated beverages. They also reopen the debate about food additives, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children.

DEHYDRATION, a valuable topic or not? I hope you have taken the time to make it to this point in the Safety Memo. BBX Safety strongly stands on the idea that DEHYDRATION is a topic of high value to communicate because it is a threat to what BBX values the most…the well-being of YOU, the valued BBX TEAM member.