At the 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, a panel of global experts shared perspectives on a topic of increasing strategic importance to the Society’s global members: sustainable development. This second story in the series presents the perspective of panelist Stephen Newton, who spoke on “Understanding the Value From Engaging Your Stakeholders.”
At a summit held in March 2014, subject-matter experts met with the goal of improving the methods of calculating and reporting worst-case discharges. The result of the summit is a technical report that was put up for comment, approved by SPE’s Board of Directors, and ultimately posted on OnePetro, the multisociety online library, for free download.
Environmental regulators in the United States are calling for sharp reductions in methane emissions by natural gas producers. Better measurement approaches are needed to track how much natural gas is finding its way into the atmosphere and to locate the source of the emissions.