The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER), serving the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas, has opened its call for nominations for the sixth annual Eagle Ford Excellence Awards. The awards are focused on honoring members of the oil and gas community for diligent efforts to preserve the environment, ensure safety in and around the Eagle Ford Shale region and give back to the community in which they live in and serve.
Led by president and CEO, Omar Garcia, STEER works to ensure the development of the Eagle Ford’s energy resources is accomplished in a manner that is mutually beneficial to the industry and communities throughout South Texas. The Eagle Ford Excellence Awards recognizes companies and organizations that are acting with consideration to the values that STEER sees as essential for continued advancements that benefit the greater South Texas community.
“The last few years have been filled with changes in the oil and gas industry in South Texas. The price of a barrel of oil has fluctuated significantly, new LNG plants are being built in South Texas and crude oil is now being exported from the Texas coast,” said Garcia. “I am proud to say that the oil and gas industry has weathered these changes. The industry is a constant presence in South Texas, continuing to create jobs and tax revenue for our great state while producing the world’s energy resources in a responsible manner. STEER is honored to recognize those companies, at our sixth annual awards ceremony, that are doing the right thing for the communities in which they operate.”
Eagle Ford Excellence Award categories include:
- Environmental Stewardship: To be considered for an award in this category, entries must demonstrate elements of innovation in reducing environmental impact through implementation of practices or use of technology benefiting the environment.
- Safety Performance: To win an award in this category, applicants must have developed specific initiatives or products that have reduced the risk to workers and members of the local community. These initiatives should be evident in the company’s culture and safety record.
- Community and Social Investment: To receive an award in this category, the entry must show true commitment to the community. The applicant should have provided a benefit to deserving individuals or groups, positively impacted the company or organization’s reputation in the communities in which it works, or provided a measurable and positive impact on its surrounding community.
- STEER Impact Award: This category is intended for nonprofit organizations and educational facilities working with the oil and gas industry in the Eagle Ford Shale. For consideration in this category, organizations must demonstrate excellence in: education, economic development, workforce development/training, safety performance, community relations or environmental stewardship.