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SPE to Hold First Sustainability Training Course

SPE will hold its first sustainability training course preceding the opening of the SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference–Americas in Denver on 14–15 March.

The 2-day course, titled “The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change,” will teach participants how to maintain project value through sustainable practices.

SPE defines sustainability as doing business in ways that balance economic growth, social development, and environmental protection to meet societal needs today and in the future.

Participants will learn to address sustainability concerns early in a project’s life cycle and to effectively engage communities. They will then apply what they learned during half-day case study discussions. It will be taught by R.L. Moreau, retired health and safety manager with 34 years at ExxonMobil; Linda Y. Brewer, partner at Environmental Resources Management; and Eric Olson, senior vice president of advisory services at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).

The course will benefit senior managers, field managers, and members who work in field or corporate sustainability positions from beginner to advanced skill levels.

For more information or to register, visit

Tel Aviv Section Receives Charter at Oil and Gas Conference

The SPE Tel Aviv Section received its official charter in a ceremony at the Universal Oil and Gas Conference in Ein Bokek, Israel, in November.

Matthias Meister, SPE regional director for South, Central, and East Europe Region, presented the certificate to the section at a networking event. The section was formed in May.

Engineering Technology and History Wiki Launched

In collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and five other engineering societies, SPE has created the Engineering Technology and History Wiki (ETHW).  This Wiki-based website is part of an effort to collect, preserve, and disseminate the history of the engineering profession to society members and the public. The new site,, features member-contributed personal histories; oral history videos and transcripts; a technology timeline; and encyclopedia entries that discuss the petroleum engineering industry, its history, and the advancement of technology over the past 165 years.

You can contribute to the project by creating an account here Once you have been approved, you can create a First Hand History, relating your personal experiences in the industry, or an encyclopedia entry that relates the history of a certain technology, company, lab, collaboration or a biography of an eminent petroleum professional. The collection of content will be an ongoing process, and members are encouraged to contribute their own stories and historical knowledge to the site.

SPE Dues Waiver Applications

Under certain circumstances, SPE offers a dues ­waiver for renewing members for up to 2 consecutive years for those facing

  • Disability or unemployment
  • Active military duty
  • Compulsory post-graduation military or social service.

To qualify, members must submit a dues waiver request annually by mail to the address below and provide a written request for unemployment or disability or proof of active military duty or compulsory service. The address is SPE, Attn: Membership Processing, P.O. Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083-3836 USA. For more information on dues payment options, please go to