How Do Process and Occupational Safety Differ?
The SPE technical director of Production and Facilities discusses the role process and occupational safety play in oil and gas operations.
Community Engagement Key to Public Perception of Industry
The oil and gas industry must learn to engage with local citizens better if it is to build upon its social license to operate. A joint PFC/HSE luncheon during ATCE addressed this topic.
Public Perception is Vital to Success of Oil and Gas Industry Operations
Public perception is one of the most important variables in determining the success of oil and gas operations, and companies must do more to help shape this perception.
Adapting to the New Normal in Oil and Gas Construction: How the Market Will Endure Growing Pressures
In February, President Obama vetoed legislation that would approve the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The 7-year regulatory saga is emblematic of the regulatory and public relations burdens on US energy projects. With the rejection of the bill, the burden will grow.
Public Support Necessary for Continued Shale Development
SPE Distinguished Lecturer Joseph Frantz, Jr. says stakeholder opinions will shape the future of hydraulic fracturing.
A Different Take on the Fracturing Meme
Gerald Verbeek contests the theory that fracturing opposition is meme driven.
The Fracturing Meme
You have probably heard that the Eskimo language has several dozen words for “snow,” a frequently repeated and well-known idea. It is untrue. A meme is a snippet of culture that is learned by imitation and passed on by imitation or repetition.
Poetry at Work: An Engineer’s Passion for Safety Inspires Industry
In the August Oil and Gas Facilities, I wrote about the inherency of poetry in our work and how it helps define who we are. In this issue, I share a remarkable example of poetry at work in the mind and heart of an engineer and how it resonated with people and helped to change an industry.
A Social License to Operate in the 21st Century: Overcoming the Clash of Two Cultures
Energy development projects that affect local communities frequently face opposition. This article describes an approach to dealing with local communities that has proved effective.
Barriers to Engagement: Why It Is Time for Oil and Gas to Get Serious About Public Communication
The challenges the industry faces are not only or even primarily technical—they have to do with how the industry sees and communicates with the public, and with demands from the public to have a voice in decision making. This article explores the barriers to engaging with the public.
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