In 2014, the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approached SPE regarding a proposed collaboration opportunity to develop a voluntary industrywide near-miss data-sharing framework. A summit was held, and the discussions, expert opinions, and suggestions offered by the group of safety-data management subject matter experts were captured in a technical report.
On 3 June, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued three new rules to curb the emission of methane, volatile organic compounds, and toxic air pollutants from the oil and gas industry.
At SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition this year, SPE’s Sustainable Development Technical Section held a special session panel discussion focused on workforce diversity and competency in the upstream oil and gas industry. The objective of this discussion was to emphasize the importance of diversity efforts in the industry and emphasize that these efforts should not fluctuate with oil price.