South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable Hosts Fifth Annual Eagle Ford Excellence Awards


The winners of STEER’s fifth annual Eagle Ford Excellence Awards have been announced. This year’s winners are Voestalpine Texas LLC, Energy Waste, Halliburton, R360 Environmental Solutions, Sun Coast Resources, Tierra Lease Service LLC, Falls City Education Foundation and San Antonio River Authority.

STEER has the distinct pleasure of honoring these innovative and generous companies year after year for their work in protecting the environment, making safety a top priority and giving back to the communities in which they live and work.

Through the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry in the past few years, it’s important to pause and honor companies that have remained focused on safety, environmental protection and community involvement. It’s important, particularly in times like this, to persevere and stay true to your core principles. The companies honored at the Eagle Ford Excellence Awards ceremony encompass these values as much as STEER.

This awards ceremony provides both oil and gas companies and their contractors with an opportunity to be acknowledged for their efforts in the areas of environmental stewardship, safety performance, and community and social investment. Award winners demonstrate innovation within the industry, make safety their largest priority and benefit the greater South Texas region through workforce development and education.

This year, STEER also honored those who have shown exemplary work and support of the South Texas and Coastal Bend region in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Cheniere Energy, Port of Corpus Christi, Ingleside Texas Chamber of Commerce and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce went above and beyond in emergency response and continued support in the region.


The keynote address was provided by energy analyst and consultant David Blackmon, who has enjoyed a 38-year career in the oil and gas industry. Blackmon has spent the past 25 years in the public policy arena, managing regulatory and legislative issues for various companies. He is Associate Editor for Oil and Gas at SHALE, a contributor on energy-related matters at and a feature writer for World Oil magazine.

Judges for the 2017 Eagle Ford Excellence Awards were Dan Titerle, San Antonio Water System; Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio; and George Wilborn, CPS Energy.

Recipients of the 2017 Eagle Ford Excellence Awards:


Safety Performance

For companies or organizations with less than 250 employees:

Tierra Lease Service LLC

For companies or organizations with more than 250 employees:

Sun Coast Resources


Community and Social Investment

For companies or organizations with less than 250 employees:

Energy Waste

For companies or organizations with more than 250 employees:

Voestalpine Texas LLC


Environmental Stewardship

For companies or organizations with less than 250 employees:

R360 Environmental Solutions

For companies or organizations with more than 250 employees:



Impact Award

Falls City Education Foundation

San Antonio River Authority



The South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER) is the leading Eagle Ford Shale resource in the region and is the primary coordinator for communication and public advocacy surrounding the oil and natural gas industry in South Texas. STEER serves as the bridge connecting the industry and communities throughout South Texas to ensure positive collaboration and communication surrounding the activities associated with energy production in the Eagle Ford Shale. For more information about STEER, visit


Photos courtesy of STEER


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