Using FLIR to detect leaks in the Eagle Ford

FLIR Pic for detecting gas leaks

We use this Forward Looking Infrared Camera (FLIR) in the field to detect leaks at our facilities.  So far we have one guy that goes to our field sites and looks over pipes, separators and tanks.  A large percentage of our leaks are small and very fixable items, so our field tech, who was a very experienced lease operator, can make those repairs.  I don’t know of how many other operating companies do this, but my guess is very few.  I haven’t seen it done by other operators yet, but it should become a very common practice.

Our next step is to get a drone mounted FLIR camera so we can take much more wide spread shots.

FLIR leak detected

A change coming my way! Headed to Next Era Energy

I received the offer letter and have accepted.  I’ll be in charge of safety for a division of Next Era Energy.  I have been following them for a while.  In my ethics course for my MBA program, I googled ethical companies and Next Era (and their parent company Florida Power & Light) received top marks.  It will be a nice change of pace from where I was at.  I can’t wait to get started.  I’ll update more later!!!!!!

Time to get a J-O-B. Brant Butler HSEQ!

Ok guys, it’s time for me to get a new job.  I need all the help I can get.  HSE related, don’t care where it is as long as it’s close to good schools and the place is safe.  If it’s rotational, I would like to stay close to a 28/28.  I don’t want to be gone 9 months a year like my Africa job.

I’ve worked in the Middle East, U.S. and Africa.  I have worked on many global projects.

I have my BS in Environmental Management (with a concentration in Occupational Safety) and I just got my MBA Organizational Leadership.

I have my OHST, CES and I’m a member of the Board of Certified of Safety Professionals.  Also, I’m a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

I also have done numerous ISO, OSHA, PSM, SEMS audits.  Technical writing, training and competency and built entire HSE Management Systems.  I’ve done consulting with many of the larger oil and gas companies in the U.S.

I’ve managed many and few and love mentoring.

I have my resume on / /

Here are a few projects I’ve worked on: Transocean Global HSE Management System, Transocean North American (NAM) Corrective Actions post Deepwater Horizon Audit, Hess SEMS for Gulf of Mexico, ENI Asset Risk Registers & SEMS, Nalco-Champion Integrated HSE Management System (IMS), ExxonMobil Quality & HSE Plan, Noble LNG Technical College Training Program (Ruppin College)


SEMS II Webinar – Bureau Veritas, Wood Group

BVC_Wood Group – COS SEMS II Webinar Presentation – 21 April 2014


I was going through one of my flash drives and found this webinar that I co-created and delivered back in 2014.  Given the current climate for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) I thought some people could use this today.

I don’t think this was the final copy, BV has that and I can’t find it on their website anywhere.  So, I thought I would use mine and see if it can help explain to some of those new safety guys out there a bit more about SEMS and SEMS II.

It’s really quite simple, but so many make it hard when it doesn’t need to be.  Here is the key to understanding the basics of SEMS and SEMS II.

  1. You must have a written SEMS plan
  2. It must be known by your employees (they need to know where to find it)
  3. You will be audited (both in the field and in the office)
  4. You will be held accountable against what YOUR plan states

It’s that easy.  If you say you have a way of doing things, then do it.  I’ve come across so many companies that have a written plan that state they do something this particular way, then they do it another way.  That’s when the auditors will ding you.  As your program grows, the auditors will hold you to a higher standard.

Go to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 30 part 250 and you will find what you MUST have as a minimum in your plan.  Then, you can build from there.  I’ve built a few SEMS plans for various companies, it isn’t hard, but does require thought and top management commitment, which is sometimes hard to come by with smaller companies.

Anyway, enjoy the presentation.  If I can find my copy with my notes, I’ll include it.  If you need any help with SEMS, let me know.  I am SEMS lead-auditor trained and have been involved with this for many years.

Good Luck!

This post was on Ken Wells’ website for Lifeline Strategies

Courts: BSEE Can’t Charge Contractors Under Offshore Safety Rules

Ken posted this on his site, one judge  ruled that BSEE can’t INC contractors.  That’s a pretty big deal.  Give Ken’s site a look.  It’s pretty good info for you young safety guys out there.  It’s not just for the offshore business, all HSE.

Equatorial Guinea, Africa – Here I come

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all well.  I have decided to take another position within Wood Group, now I’ll be going to western Africa, the small country of Equatorial Guinea.  It will be a great opportunity and give me some excellent international experience.  Currently I have a little, but this will take it to the next level.  I’ll follow up with more details later.  I leave in 2 weeks.  Wish me luck!  Also, if anyone has any tips or ideas of what I need to take, shoot me a message.

I found this pic and wanted to pass this safety fail along.  I’m glad we don’t have a picture of about 3 seconds later.

Safety Fail
Electricity and Water?

A Cost Point for Safety – Brant Butler

I just completed a research paper for my Masters class, Occupational Safety, titled “A Cost Point for Safety”.  My intent was to show how oil companies make safety concessions once the price of oil drops, which is what I am dealing with now.  In just 6 months the price of oil has rapidly declined, along with the number of personnel being laid off or let go.  I have had numerous talks with several different well-known oil companies and many have discussed the fact that some sr personnel have been let go, maintenance efforts have stopped and will only resume if BSEE fines them or is about to, training budgets have been slashed and I’ve heard that old familiar slogan more in the past few months than I have in the past 2 years, “Production is KING!”

However, once I began thinking about this in depth, I came to a realization that most of us are no different than the big oil companies.  How many of you have not walked across the garage to get your safety glasses because you already had the grinder in your hand?  How many of you used a chair or box to stand on when changing a light bulb instead of grabbing a ladder?  How many of you sped up when the light turned yellow?  In each case an accident could have happened and the time taken to do the job properly would have been minimal.

We have our own “cost point for safety”.  Where the oil company might be looking at dollars per barrel of oil, we usually look at time.  It might take an extra 10 seconds to grab your safety glasses, but we went on and did the grinding anyway.

What is your cost point for being safe?

Brant Butler – Resume HSE

Resume Brant Butler

Well guys, my department is being done away with at Wood Group ODL.  My days with the company are almost complete.  I’m hoping the next company I work for is the last.  Wood Group was great, there was always something new and they gave me the opportunity to train people half way around the globe.  But, with the price of oil dropping like a rock, many projects are getting pushed out or cancelled altogether and that was part of our problem.  Oh well, such is life.  The price of oil is steadily rising and in some areas they are still looking for experienced guys.

I’m in a bit better shape for the job hunt this time around.  I graduated (with honors) with a B.S. in Environmental Management with a concentration in Occupational Safety.  And I am now in the Masters program.  I have also done much more international work.

Maybe Willie Robertson needs a HSE guy over at Duck Commander?

I’ll keep you guys posted on what happens!!!!!

RIGZONE – The Oil, Gas Guide to Networking: How To Connect and Communicate

RIGZONE – The Oil, Gas Guide to Networking: How To Connect and Communicate.

This is a pretty good article about Networking.  I get tired of the old, “what do you do? great, here is my card” routine.  With the price of oil being so low and everyone looking for their piece of the pie, networking will be taking on a much larger role for a lot of us.  Get ready!

Luckily at Wood Group, we do a fair amount of networking with each other quite a bit.  So my smaller group (Wood Group ODL, which is the consultant side) can interact with some of the other, larger divisions of Wood Group, such as Wood Group Mustang, Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny, etc…

Rigzone has a bunch of great oil and gas articles.  For all you guys that don’t know, it’s also the place to go to see o&g job postings.  It’s probably the most customer friendly o&g website I’ve come across.


Thanks to Valerie Jones of Rigzone and Katie Mehnert, CEO of Pink Petro.

Good luck out there!