Meet SPE’s Technical Director for HSSE-SR
Trey Shaffer, SPE’s current Technical Director for the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility (HSSE-SR) discipline, is a senior partner for Environmental Resources Management, based in Houston. In 2010, he received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility.
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 nontechnical issues. For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straightforward 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.
During my tenure as the HSSE-SR Technical Director, I will focus on the following four objectives:
- Strengthen the HSSE-SR profile and content across the SPE portfolio of Technical Programs and Events (especially flagship events)
- Grow SPE HSSE-SR membership and further establish SPE as the preferred learning and networking destination for HSE professionals in the oil and gas industry
- Realize the SPE mission through active HSSE-SR volunteers in emerging and key growth geographies
- Collaborate and engage with other sectors, organizations, and sister societies
Based on a 20 February 2015 census of SPE members, 5,022 members consider HSSE-SR a primary or secondary discipline. As HSSE-SR issues become increasingly important to our industry, we have a significant potential to grow our discipline over the coming years.
After conducting a market study during my few months as the HSSE-SR Technical Director, I saw that we have a significant growth opportunity:
- More than 23,000 potential new members across key SPE geographies.
- Nearly 6X growth potential for HSSE-SR beyond February 2015 SPE census, including more than 20,000 potential HSSE-SR members in 13 key geographies.
- Significant HSSE-SR opportunities with the greatest numeric growth potential in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and Malaysia.
- The Asia Pacific region including China, Indonesia, Australia, and Malaysia represents the largest regional growth opportunity outside of North America, with as many as 3,743 potential members.
- The Top 3 SPE regions for HSSE-SR members include US Gulf Coast, North Sea, and Middle East.
- As an emerging market, Mexico represents significant growth potential.
SPE is doing significant good work for our members and our industry. I look forward to ensuring that the HSSE-SR technical discipline does our part to support the mission of SPE around the world.
I am a senior partner for Environmental Resources Management (ERM), based in Houston. I perform a leadership role in helping ERM’s multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges. Before joining ERM in 2003, I was a director for Boots & Coots International Well Control, where I led the Downstream Services Division. I have held senior positions in both operations and commercial development. I support 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, I received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. I joined the SPE Gulf Coast Section Board of Directors in 2013 and also serve as the Gulf Coast Section HSSE-SR Study Group Chairman. In addition, I serve on the board of directors of Volunteer Houston. I hold a bachelor of environmental design degree from Texas A&M University.
I look forward to serving as your 2015–18 SPE Technical Director. Thank you!