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SPE HSSE-SR: Beyond Conventional Oil & Gas - New Social Opportunities and Risks Workshop

02 December 2014

About the Conference

Integrating social responsibility into the oil and gas project development processes is a new and rapidly evolving element in the Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Social Responsibility (HSSE SR) section of the industry. ERM understands the implications of the HSSE SR issues across the oil and gas value chain, and was pleased  Co-Chair ‘Beyond Conventional Oil & Gas: New Social Opportunities and Risks Workshop’, hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), December 2-3 in Banff, Canada.

As part of ERM’s commitment to social responsibility, we are actively involved in bringing the sector’s most pressing issues to the forefront of the conference agenda through sponsorship and by participating in the Social Opportunities and Risks Workshop Organizing Committee.

The workshop engaged attendees in developing a deeper understanding of how social responsibility is best integrated into the oil and gas project development processes, and to identify business opportunities around key industry topics such as stakeholder engagement, risk analysis, water, conflict sensitivity and partnerships.

ERM’s Participation

ERM Oil & Gas Partner Paul Taylor was the co-host of Technical Session 4: Resources Efficiency and Pollution, where he teamed with Krish Ravishankar, Director at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, to discuss the Environmental and Social impacts of water sourcing, use, re-use and disposal. The presentations in this session included some of the challenges and opportunities related to UCR development.

Caleb Wall, Senior Partner and Commercial Director for ERM Canada, and Bob Sandilos, HES Manager at Chevron Upstream, closed out the Conference in Session 9: Summary of Key Learnings, Discussion Topics, where they briefly summarized the key learnings, discussion topics, emerging issues and next steps that emerged over the two day workshop.

This session provided an overview of the new, different, or divergent views discussed throughout the workshop, drawing together the broad lessons and ideas that emerged, and then challenged participants on how this new knowledge can be converted into practice and an on-going discussion.

Why is ERM Attending this Event?

ERM is committed to serving the oil and gas sector. We serve over 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500, including most of the major oil and gas companies. As a result, we understand the implications of the key issues impacting this sector.

Our 200 social consultants assist the oil and gas sector in addressing:

  • Market entry issues such as due diligence and regulatory review, especially relevant for unconventional resource developments
  • Delivery of capital projects on time and on budget while retaining the privilege to operate
  • Performance optimization, particularly with regard to health and safety issues
  • Planning for the retirement of assets
  • Development of strategies for managing risk across business and project lifecycles
  • Development of skills, capability and competency, to have the right people doing the right things in the right place

Contact

For further information on ERM’s participation at the SPE Workshop, please contact:

Paul Taylor
Partner
Phone: +1 724 933 5823
Email: paul.taylor@erm.com

Caleb Wall
Senior Partner
Phone: +1 403 705 1926
Email: caleb.wall@erm.com

Trey Shaffer
Senior Partner
Phone: +1 832 209 8790
Email: trey.shaffer@erm.com

 

 

ERM at the Workshop

Trey Shaffer
Senior Partner

Trey Shaffer is the Co-Chair of the ‘Beyond Conventional Oil & Gas: New Social Opportunities and Risks Workshop’.

Paul Taylor
ERM Partner

Paul Taylor will be the co-host of TCo-Host of Technical Session 4: Resources Efficiency and Pollution.

Caleb Wall
Senior Partner and Commercial Director for ERM Canada

Caleb Wall will be the co-host of Session 9: Summary of Key Learnings, Discussion Topics, Emerging Issues & Next Steps.

Location

The Rimrock Resort Hotel
300 Mountain Ave
Banff, AB T1L 1J2
Canada