SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference - Americas

16 March 2015

ERM at the Conference

Managing risk, safety, and environmental damage is an ever-present challenge in the energy sector. ERM understands the implications of these challenges across the oil and gas value chain, and shared our insights at the 2015 “E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference – Americas”, hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), March 16-18, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.

Technical Sessions
ERM recognizes the industry’s global sustainability challenges -- and has the experts and experience to help companies resolve them. Eight of our industry specialists and strategic advisors spoke on a range of topics, including:

Strategies for Managing Greenhouse Gas Issues in an Ever-growing Oil and Gas Industry

  • Reasonable Assurance of Accuracy of GHG Data under Mandatory Reporting for the Upstream and Midstream Oil and Gas Industry: Fuel Samples
  • A Holistic Approach to Environment and Safety in ESIAs
  • Practical Barrier Strength Assessment for Bowtie Diagrams
  • Factoring in Ecosystem Services and Values in Decision Making, Risk Management, Loss and Environmental Damage: Over the Lifecycle of Energy Development
  • The Integral Role of Waste Management into Successful Capital Project Design and Implementation
  • Reducing Project Risks Through Enhanced Evaluation of Societal Risks 
  • Marine Mammals and Ocean Sound: Sources, Impacts, Uncertainties, Controls, and Future Decision Making

Training Course
ERM Partner Linda Brewer teamed with SPE sustainability colleagues to lead a two-day training course on March 14-15, “The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change.” Geared toward senior management, field management, and corporate and field sustainability practitioners, this course provided insight into improving risk and reputation management and enhancing the prospects for success of oil and gas projects by improving the industry’s social and environmental performance. The objective of this course was to promote conversations between the expert practitioners and operations decision-makers to deepen the knowledge of practitioners and raise awareness among non-practitioners.

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Download the complete listing of ERM's speakers and activities at the conference (PDF)

ERM’s Services to the Oil and Gas Sector

ERM is committed to helping our oil and gas clients effectively address the full spectrum of strategic and operational challenges--maximizing efficiency while mitigating environmental, operational, and social risks. We serve over 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500, including the most of the major oil and gas companies. We assist our clients with:

  • Market entry issues such as due diligence and greenfields
  • Delivery of capital projects on time and on budget while retaining a social license to operate
  • Performance optimization, particularly with regard to health and safety issues
  • Planning for asset retirement
  • Development of strategies for managing risk across the business and project lifecycles
  • Development of skills, capability and competency, to have the right people doing the right things in the right places

About the Conference

With a theme of “Striving for HSE Excellence–It Takes All of Us,” this year’s event took place near Denver and included presentations and discussions to help attendees address the health, safety, security, and environmental challenges facing the E&P industry. Experts from industry, government, and academia attended to share insights and best practices.

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ERM at the conference

Trey Shaffer, Senior Partner, is co-chairperson of the SPE Social Responsibility Subcommittee
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Belinda Butler-Veytia, Partner, is co-chairperson of the SPE HSSE Student Challenge 
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