PLEASANTON, TX—Coastal Bend College has volunteered to be the host of the Eagle Ford Shale Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network Chapter for the Pleasanton area. The STEPS Network is an all-volunteer based organization that promotes safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and gas across the country.
Meetings occur on the third Thursday of every month. The meetings are being held at the Jourdanton Library Community Center located at 1101 Campbell Avenue. Many local organizations, businesses, and first responders come together to explore best practices in the areas of employee safety and health.
“As a host, CBC helps coordinate and organize the efforts of the entire group. Our main focus is collaborating together to find ways to ensure that oil and gas industry workers get to go home safely to their families and that our communities are safe, too. At the end of the day, that’s what truly matters in this line of work. CBC is honored to help coordinate STEPS Network meetings and partner with companies and organizations that share our commitment to safety,” said Lillian Garza, Director of Customized and Continuing Education at CBC.
The STEPS Network meetings are held in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Petroleum Education Council (PEC), Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC), and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). In addition to CBC, the following local businesses and organizations also participate: Jourdanton ISD; the office of U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar; Odel Vasquez, Mayor of Christine, Texas; and the Atascosa Health Center. Over 90 oil and gas industry representatives also attend the meetings.
A formal kick-off of the Eagle Ford Shale STEPS Network chapter is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at the Cowboy Fellowship Church located at 561 FM 3350 in Jourdanton, Texas.