It's unfortunate that it seems the only time the oil and gas industry hits
the media is usually in a negative light. The recent offshore catastrophe is no
exception. It has affected many lives and has affected the environment and truly
is news worthy. It reminds us all of the importance of safety and sound engineering
decisions as we explore for oil and gas. However, as an industry, I can say I'm
proud of the way the operator of this well has responded to the environmental
issue: they did not try to blame someone else, they did not call for a government
bailout, they stood up and said we're responsible, we'll pay to clean this up,
and we'll keep cleaning until it's completely done!
This is a far cry from
companies of other industries that have tried to cover up mistakes in product
design or deceived share holders, and then say we're not to blame or the government
should bail us out because we might go out of business or ruin our profit. But
the company of the offshore catastrophe has told the world that this is their
mess and they're going to pay to clean it up regardless what that means to them
as a company or to their profit margin.
The SPE Mission Statement reads
"The mission of SPE is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge
concerning the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources
and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities
for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence."
Did you notice that small phrase in the middle "FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT"?
Not for personal gain, not for the good of the oil and gas industry, not to make
a profit, but for the public benefit.
SPE is an organization that exists
to aid us (engineers) in becoming better engineers by enhancing our technical
and professional competence through the exchange of technical knowledge for the
public benefit. Therefore, as fellow engineers, I encourage you to become more
involved in SPE. One way you can become more involved is by attending the luncheons
we have twice a month September through May. This year's Program Chairman, Jonathan
Bush has already lined up several excellent speakers including three Distinguished
Lecturers. Our first luncheon this fall is September 15th with Lance Portman,
a Distinguished Lecturer with BJ Services. You won't want to miss this luncheon.
another way you can be become more involved is helping with various committees
within our Section or by being a Committee Chair. Currently our Section is in
need of a Student Development Chair. Please e-mail or call me if you are interested
in knowing more about this Committee.
To learn more about all the activities
of our Section be sure and visit our website at spemc.org.
2010 2011 Chairman