STEER Announces Call for 2013 Eagle Ford Excellence Awards – Press Release

STEER Awards to Recognize Companies and Contractors Operating in the Eagle Ford
Eagle Ford Excellence Awards Logo

Eagle Ford Excellence Awards | Click to Enlarge

The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER), is proud to announce the inaugural 2013 Eagle Ford Excellence Awards. The awards will honor leading companies and contractors in the oil and gas community by recognizing their diligent efforts in three specific areas: community and social investment, environmental stewardship, and safety performance.

“Through these awards, STEER is recognizing companies that set the standard for the oil and gas industry. The 2013 Eagle Ford Excellence Awards will highlight companies that are implementing programs that focus on the safety, preservation and well-being of the communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region,” says Omar Garcia, president of STEER. [Read more…]

Ensuring The Future Of South Texas Communities – Op Ed

Decisions Today Will Decide Our Future
Omar Garcia STEER

Omar Garcia President of STEER

With the 83rd Legislature in session, legislators have a unique opportunity to address county transportation infrastructure needs during this transformative time in South Texas. All eyes are on Texas — and the Texas legislature as it develops solutions — for good reason. Texas is known for our innovative platforms, our reinvestment methods and a collaborative spirit that is at the very core of being a Texan.

Cities and counties are forging strategic alliances pertaining to productive development of the Eagle Ford shale region; educational institutions from across the region are ramping up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) coursework to meet the growing needs of the industry; and communities are attracting increasing numbers of small businesses, new residents and visitors. [Read more…]

Driving Safety Top Priority for Oil and Gas Industry – Op Ed

Employees Attend Regular Safety Courses & May Receive Safety Bonuses
Hastings of TXOGA and Garcia of STEER

Hastings of TXOGA and Garcia of STEER | Click to Enlarge

From Cuero to Carrizo Springs, advances in technology have led to an unprecedented leap in oil and natural gas production in South Texas. Oil and gas activity in the Eagle Ford has generated more than $61 billion in revenue  in 2012 and 116,000 full-time jobs, according to research from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In Karnes County, employment in the mining sector, which is mostly oil and gas, jumped 260% and industry wages increased 320%. In Dimmit County, local sales tax revenues recently doubled, apparently thanks to increased oil and gas activity; this is a quadruple-digit increase over two years before. [Read more…]