Fueling Progress Blog

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Sustainability and Verb Tenses: What Do They Have in Common?

Karen Olson, Olson and Associates
1 June 2020


The English language uses different verb tenses to indicate a verb's status; these are referred to as past, present, and future tenses. Tenses refer to time and to something that has happened, is happening, or will happen.  Along this line, many areas of sustainability that began as mere concepts are now either done, being done, or planned to do. I want to focus on many of these areas that are not insurmountable and can be accomplished in a relatively short time.

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Robert Martinez
27 April 2020

Professional Pride

That’s the word that keeps being thrown around this month. “We are living in unprecedented times in our industry.” For the first time in recorded history, we had negative oil prices.  Recent graduates, current students, and new free agents are now asking themselves, “Will I find a job?”

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The Future?

Tom Bradley, Baker Hughes
21 February 2020

blog post in Energy Transition section

Could it be argued that our time as an industry is limited? Should we look at the history of the coal industry in the last century as a parallel to predict our future? I propose we look at it another way: Could the energy transition actually be an incredible opportunity for our industry?

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Engineering Technology History

Glenda E. Smith, SPE
8 January 2020

blog post in Energy Accomplishments category

I am in awe of the many accomplishments of all types of engineers, but especially petroleum engineers. Few people realize how meeting the world’s demand for energy is a huge engineering accomplishment. The Engineering Technology History wiki was created to document the amazing accomplishments of engineers.  

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Natural Gas Helps Eliminate Energy Poverty

Sami Alnuaim, Saudi Aramco
4 December 2019

blog post in Energy Poverty category

Nearly 1 billion people lack access to electricity, and 2.8 billion do not have access to modern cooking fuels. In both cases, natural gas is a key part of the solution to helping lift these people out of poverty and improve their way of life.  Our job is not limited to discovering and selling oil and gas; we also improve people’s living conditions, support their economies and enhance their social opportunities. 

Telling Our Stories

Mark Rubin, SPE
30 October 2019

blog post in General category

We are excited to start the "Fueling Progress" blog and provide a platform to share the inspirational stories of our members and their companies. We want to tell the stories that go beyond facts and figures, that connect with people on a personal level, and share the significant positive aspects of oil and gas with the world.

Have an interesting story to tell? Have you or your company had a positive impact on people's lives through innovation, energy efficiency, environmental protection, community engagement, building infrastructure, or myriad other ways?  Then we'd like to hear your story and possibly feature it on this blog.  Please email us at stories@spe.org.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a global, individual membership professional society organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the US.  SPE membership is not just petroleum engineers, but includes professionals of all backgrounds and education working in the upstream oil and gas industry.