Parker Drilling Receives Talisman Energy's 2012 CEO Safety Award For Proactively Creating An Outstanding Health, Safety And

     Parker Drilling Receives Talisman Energy's 2012 CEO Safety Award For
 Proactively Creating An Outstanding Health, Safety And Environmental Culture

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Jan. 17, 2013

HOUSTON, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Parker Drilling Company (NYSE: PKD)
continues to build upon its record of excellence in safety, environmental and
corporate social responsibility performance. Most recently, the Company
received the prestigious CEO Safety Award from Talisman Energy Inc. (Talisman)
for its work to establish a proactive safety culture at Talisman's Rig 605 in
Papua New Guinea (PNG).


Talisman Energy's CEO Safety Awards recognize and celebrate employees and
contractors who take proper and proactive steps to ensure safe, healthy,
secure and environmentally responsible work practices. The final award
winners are selected from a list of teams and individuals across all Talisman
operations, who excel in leadership, quality assurance, safety and
environmental performance throughout the year. The Rig 605 team received the
award for its efforts to create a proactive safety and quality assurance
culture in Talisman's operations in the Western Province of PNG. The award
was presented by Talisman's president and chief executive officer, Hal Kvisle,
at a special ceremony held last month in Kananaskis, Canada. Russell Conwell,
Talisman Drilling Manager, and David Connolly, senior rig manager, accepted
the award on behalf of the Rig 605 team.

Also in attendance at the CEO Safety Awards ceremony was Sandy Stash, Senior
Vice President, Global HSSE/OA. Ms. Stash is responsible for HSSE/OA across
all of Talisman's operations worldwide and was part of the CEO Safety Awards
nominating committee.

"Safety is at the core of operational excellence and is a key corporate value
at Talisman," said Ms. Stash. "These awards are an important part of our work
to foster and maintain safe and responsible business practices. Each of the
nominees achieved recognition by using safe practices and operational
excellence in their daily activities and by influencing co-workers to do the

"Parker Drilling played a leadership role in helping us quickly establish a
newly recruited team from very different cultures and distinct organizations
as a unified group focused on safety, environmental excellence and proactive
community engagement. Their passion for creating responsible practices and a
positive environment allowed us to meet our safety and business objectives
effectively while respecting and benefitting our neighbors in this important
region," Ms. Stash concluded.

Gary Rich, president and chief executive officer of Parker Drilling,
commented, "We are honored to receive this recognition from our friends at
Talisman Energy who share our dedication to safety, environmental and
corporate social responsibility. We thank Dave Connolly for his leadership and
our entire PNG team for their outstanding contributions at Rig 605 and we
remain committed to safe and proactive business practices that meet strategic
objectives and respect the communities in which we work and live."

About Parker Drilling

Parker Drilling (NYSE: PKD) provides high-performance contract drilling
solutions, rental tools and project management services to the energy
industry. Parker's rig fleet includes 22 land rigs and two offshore barge
rigs in international locations, 13 barge rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, one
land rig located in the U.S., and two land rigs in Alaska, one of which is
undergoing commissioning. The Company's rental tools business supplies
premium equipment to operators on land and offshore in the U.S. and select
international markets. Parker also performs contract drilling for
customer-owned rigs and provides technical services addressing drilling
challenges for E&P customers worldwide. More information about Parker
Drilling can be found at, including operating
status reports for the Company's Rental Tools segment and its international
and U.S. barge rig fleets, updated monthly.

About Talisman Energy Inc.

Talisman Energy Inc. is a global upstream oil and gas company, headquartered
in Canada. Talisman has three main operating areas: the Americas (North
America and Colombia), Southeast Asia and the North Sea, with an active
exploration program across all three. Talisman is committed to conducting
business safely, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and is
included in the Dow Jones Sustainability (North America) Index. Talisman is
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TLM.
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SOURCE Parker Drilling Company

Contact: Investors: Richard Bajenski, Director, Investor Relations,
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