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.
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.
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.
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.
Join a live web event on 4 February presented by the PFC Study Group on “What you need to know about Attaining and Maintaining Accurate Fiscal and Allocation.” This presentation will provide an insight in to Shell best practices for selection of fit for purpose meters, and fit-for-purpose maintenance, operation and calibration employed to ensure that the minimum level of accuracy and data integrity is maintained over the life cycle of the field.
This is the first in the four part PF&C Spring Series.
Join a live web event on 11 February presented by the PFC Study Group on “Crude and Refined Product Metering – Meter Selection for Loading/Unloading Applications and Meter Proving.” This webinar will discuss the basic operating principles of four metering technologies, as well as the application range of each one of these technologies in terms of viscosity and flow rate.
This is the second in the four part PF&C Spring Series.
Help us recognize excellence in our HSSE-SR discipline!
The Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility Award of SPE recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the field of environmental protection, health, or safety in oil and gas exploration, drilling, or production operations.
Deadline: 15 February
Extracting hydrocarbons from subterranean formations is a prolonged operation stretching over several decades. During this period, a bewildering variety of chemical additives are used to address various needs of the oil well operations. This talk hopes to bring awareness to the status of OFC use, to stimulate a healthy discussion, and to propose unifying global approval requirements for OFC use by all nations based on a cradle-to-grave holistic approach. Join B. R. Reddy as he discusses the topic.
January 12, 2015 Great Yarmouth, UK
January 14, 2015 Milan, Italy
January 15, 2015 Hanover, W. Germany
January 19, 2015 Pointe Noire, Congo
January 22, 2015 Kampala, Uganda
Attend a web event on “Safety Culture Before and After Bhopal” presented by Howard Duhon on 11 March. This webinar will tackle some challenging questions such as – ‘How is safety culture different today?’, ‘What impact did Bhopal have?’, and ‘Did it have more impact on design or on operations?’
Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment. One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering—PUBLIC ACCEPTABILITY. Many project delays are the result of non-technical issues. For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straight-forward path to address these issues early in the project life cycle. Some ideas to better prepare the industry include: (1) dealing with sustainability issues beyond regulatory requirements, (2) recognizing issues outside the workplace or outside the normal bounds of exploration, development production, which will require attention, and (3) understanding that what works changes from place to place. In June 2015, the first SPE Health and Social Responsibility Forum will be held in Miami, Florida. This forum will explore the role of the oil and gas industry in community health and include experts from outside the industry in health, technology, and academia. Health impacts are a very real community concern. The issues can range from the impact of noise and emissions associated with high volume unconventional development in the US to dealing with the health issues created when an oil company brings in people to remote places with few medical professionals. These issues can have a profound impact on pubic acceptability of our industry. One can lead to fights over drilling bans. The other can mean lost time for workers out sick or caring for their loved ones. Both point to the local nature of issues in this realm. This is not a generic issue but a very specific sustainability issue that can significantly impact projects and local perceptions. SPE will offer its first sustainability training program at its 2015 E&P HSSE Conference—Americas in Denver, Colorado. My priority is to instill in operations leaders that sustainability needs to be integrated into the very way they think about their projects.