Category Archives: Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility


Corporate Social Responsibility at OTC

Corporate social responsibility focuses on the necessity of taking  responsibility for corporate actions, and it aims to encourage a positive impact on the environment and stakeholders, from employees and investors to local communities. What issues are associated with creating a “net positive impact” in countries where O&G companies operate? Plan now to attend the Corporate Social Responsibility session 7 May at OTC 2015!


Applications Open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants

Applications are open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants. If you are a university faculty member looking for financial support to attend SPE conferences, workshops, and forums apply online today.

Deadline: 15 May

Web Events

Web Event: Decision Making

Join Margaret Crichton on 20 May to hear a web event on “Decision Making: What makes a decision ‘good’?” This presentation will include factors that influence both individual and collaborative decision making, including the impact of cognitive biases. The factors that can help, as well as hinder, decision making will also be discussed.


Welcome New Technical Director: Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility

Trey Shaffer is a Senior Partner for ERM, based in Houston, Texas. He plays a leadership role in helping ERM’s multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges.  Before joining ERM in 2003, he was a director for Boots & Coots International Well Control, where he led the Downstream Services Division. Shaffer has held senior positions in both operations and commercial development. He supports clients with a variety of challenges, including sustainability, strategy, management systems, impact assessment, and permitting for upstream capital projects, as well as broad environmental, safety, and regulatory compliance throughout the world.

In 2010, Shaffer received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. He joined the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors in 2013 and also serves as the Gulf Coast Section HSSE-SR Study Group Chair. In addition, Shaffer serves on the board of directors of Volunteer Houston. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.

Sustainability Initiative

The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change

The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability. Attendees will learn how to apply these tools to:

  • Better manage sustainability risks,
  • Reduce sustainability delays and
  • Maintain or Increase ROI, while
  • Enhancing industry reputation and
  • Mitigating sustainability impacts.

Learn more »

Web Events

Web Event: How to Write a Technical Paper

In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on “How to Write a Good Technical Paper.”  In this presentation, Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors.  Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

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Web Event: Coping Successfully in Volatile Times

Join a live web event on “An Agenda for the Lull: Coping Successfully in These Volatile Times” presented by Neeraj Nandurdikar on 21 April. This presentation will draw upon the vast Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA) database of capital projects and lessons learned to present an agenda for the lull. Specifically, discussions will be around the things businesses should be doing right now that will make their companies emerge stronger from this crisis, as well as discuss the easy and tempting short term tactics that will actually end up weakening firms and the industry in the long run.

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Web Event: Infectious Diseases

Listen to a web event on “Addressing Infectious Diseases in Oil and Gas Workplace” presented by Malick Diara on 23 March. This presentation will cover Infectious diseases threats, prevention and control of such threats, case studies, and more.

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Web Event: Enterprise Resource Planning and HSSE

Attend a web event on “What about HSSE? – Why early inclusion of HSSE into enterprise resource planning efforts makes sense” presented by Jeff Morgheim on 31 March. This web event will show why HSSE should be included in ERP efforts, discuss the value consequences of not including HSSE, and suggestions on how to make the business case for why HSSE should be included in scope from Day One.