HSE Symposium Goes Back to Basics

A mini symposium led by experienced industry professionals and environment subject-matter experts, will provide a 101-level-course refresher on air permitting and air-emissions management, water and wastewater management, environmental sustainability, and regulatory risk and liability prevention. The symposium, to be held on 12 November at the Marathon Oil Tower and Conference Center in Houston, is designed for new-to-industry personnel, emerging engineers and professionals, and leaders seeking to improve their awareness and understanding of the environmental considerations in exploration and production operations, planning, and execution.

Four speakers will make presentations: Larry Nettles, a partner with Vinson and Elkins in Houston; Kimber Hamilton with Marathon; Kaitlyn Allen, founder of Global Affairs Associates (GAA); and Rowlan Greaves, senior staff engineer with Southwestern Energy’s Government and Regulatory Affairs team. The symposium is being put on by SPE’s Gulf Coast Section.


Nettles has been practicing environmental law full-time since 1981. He is currently the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group leader, cochairperson of Vinson and Elkins’ Energy and Infrastructure practice group, and chairperson of the Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force. He will provide an analysis of significant environmental and regulatory developments, market trends, and litigation risks affecting the unconventional oil and gas industry, with guidance on evolving best practices and risk mitigation and liability management strategies.


Hamilton joined Marathon in March of 2002 as a process engineer and environmental professional. She was responsible for environmental compliance from a process-engineering perspective. She currently is the environmental supervisor for the Eagle Ford asset. Hamilton has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, 17 of those with Marathon. She holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University.


Allen founded, a sustainability consultancy that helps clients bridge business and sustainability, in 2013. GAA’s clients are typically public, industrial companies, many of which are in the oil and gas sector. Allen previously worked at Marathon Oil as corporate social responsibility advisor. She holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Trinity University in San Antonio.


Greaves manages Southwestern Energy’s Freshwater Neutral program, which seeks to restore equal volumes of freshwater used in operations back to the environment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. His presentation will discuss elements associated with water management in the unconventional oil and gas space, including the freshwater neutral program used by Southwestern Energy.

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