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STARS News Release

Twelve STARS flights funded thanks to $100,000 donation

July 18, 2012

Edmonton, Alberta, July 18, 2012 – The cost of 12 STARS emergency responses have been paid for thanks to a $100,000 gift by Weatherford directed towards the new Fund-a-Flight program. The donation, which will fund one flight a month for the span of a year, is part of an ongoing partnership between the two organizations that began in 2005. In that timeframe, Weatherford has donated over $328,000 to STARS.

“Weatherford strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which we work and live. Partnering with STARS seems the perfect fit, if ever one of our employees, customers or any of their family or friends needs help, knowing that STARS has the funding to fly these missions is important to us,” said Kim Fitzmaurice, Weatherford regional marketing and communications manager.

“In seven years, Weatherford has made a significant commitment to our organization,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS CEO. “Supporting our Fund-a-Flight program gives Weatherford a unique and personal connection to the impact they are making with their donation. We are proud to have them as a partner in helping save lives.”

The STARS Fund-a-Flight program is a one-time donation of $5,400 which covers the medical and aviation crew, medical supplies and helicopter fuel required to respond to one emergency. This equals $1 a second for an average 90 minute mission. The funding does not include training education, emergency communications, maintenance and other support services.

STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions since 1985, and operates from five bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina and Winnipeg. A new base is anticipated to open in Saskatoon in late 2012.

Weatherford operates in more than 100 countries and employs more than 60,000 people worldwide. With a product and service portfolio that spans the life cycle of a well— drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention— and a robust research and development effort, they are well positioned to meet the ever-evolving needs of the oil and gas industry.

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