Engaging and Educating our Community: A Case History of the California Regulatory Environment and a Local O&G Company's Path on Building an Ambassador Program to Empower its Employees
- T. Lal (Aera Energy LLC)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Western Regional Meeting, 22-26 April, Garden Grove, California, USA
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- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 7.4 Energy Economics, 6.3 Safety, 7 Management and Information, 7.4.3 Market analysis /supply and demand forecasting/pricing
- Environment, California, Regulatory, Community Outreach, Ambassador
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This paper focuses on California's regulatory environment and our role as industry, individuals, and the general public, in shaping its future. It provides a historical context of regulations, the current focus areas, and challenges moving forward. Improving our understanding of the energy industry empowers us to collaborate in shaping the future of California. The sustainability of the industry is important to the sustainability of the state - from families to small businesses to large employers.
Since the Industrial Revolution, energy has been the backbone of human society. Medicine, agriculture, science, technology and more are all sustained by energy. Energy demand is categorized broadly as electricity and transportation demand. Oil is the major energy source for transportation, due to availability, reliability, and economics. In the U.S., roughly 50% of the oil consumed is imported (EIA 2017). In California, the number is closer to 67% (Californians for Energy Independence 2015). One reason for high oil imports is the challenging regulatory environment.
Traditionally, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has relied on classic lobbying-based negotiations with agencies. However, with increasingly, widespread misunderstanding of the industry and an ever-changing landscape, it is crucial to incorporate a "boots on the ground" approach. Stakeholder engagement is key in responding to and exposing misleading tactics and messages of some industry critics.
Aera Energy LLC (Aera) has been a leader in implementing an Ambassador Program, an education program focused on providing employees an opportunity to share simple, straightforward, and accurate messages with their families and local community. With safety and environmental responsibility as the foundation for all activities, it is the "Aera Way" of doing business. We hope you are interested to learn more and see how you can be an industry Ambassador within your local community!
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