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Principal Regulatory Specialist (Fort Worth)

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Location: Fort Worth TX

Company Name: Equinor

Occupational Category: 13-1041.07,Regulatory Affairs Specialists

Date Posted: 2020-02-24

Valid Through: 2020-03-25

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


Job Description

We're Equinor, an international energy company with a proud history. Formerly Statoil, we are 20,000 committed colleagues developing oil, gas, wind and solar energy in more than 30 countries worldwide. We're the largest operator in Norway, among the world's largest offshore operators, and a growing force in renewables. Driven by our Nordic urge to explore beyond the horizon, and our dedication to safety, equality and sustainability, we're building a global business on our values and the energy needs of the future.

Development and Production International (DPI) is responsible for Equinor s portfolio of producing assets and planned field developments in all countries outside Norway and Brazil. DPI's intent is to build and grow a competitive international portfolio - always safe, high value and low carbon. DPI s operates across six continents and implements rigorous safety standards, technological innovations and environmental awareness.

Job Description

The Regulatory Compliance State and Federal Well Permitting Specialist is responsible for supporting the asset by coordinating and submitting regulatory filings in a timely manner with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and ensuring acceptance. To assure compliance with Federal /State regulatory requirements as related to drilling, completion, operations and maintenance activities. The focus will be ensuring US Onshore asset areas have established, well-functioning and a fit-for-purpose regulatory program aligned with business needs. The work is to be conducted in a safe, legal, and environmentally/socially responsible and effective manner, and in conformance with established Equinor guidelines, policies, procedures, and applicable governmental regulations.

The key responsibilities of the Regulatory Compliance State and Federal Well Permitting Specialist include:

Work closely with management, operations and other disciplines to clearly define regulatory issues and develop solutions
Actively participate in meetings including, drilling, permit updates, rig moves/scheduling, etc.
Effectively liaise with agency representatives to secure permits and resolve potential compliance issues
Represent/participate in industry groups/committees that monitor and/or influence regulatory efforts
Coordinate, prepare, file and track regulatory filings for onshore drilling and production operation including, but not limited to, construction permits, permits to drill, well completions, workovers, production facility and pipeline design and installations applications, Right of Way grants and decommissioning, and well facility and pipeline abandonments and relinquishments
Maintain all annual updates, renewals and reports submitted to regulatory agencies while keeping company stakeholders informed of any changes to permit requirements to ensure compliance
Ensure asset personnel are delivering necessary data and exhibits to meet filing deadline requirements
Track all relevant dates and regulatory filings to ensure timely performance of all specified job duties
Monitor and maintain knowledge of current and changing US onshore regulations
Inform stakeholders of regulatory and policy changes with a potential to impact US onshore operations
Conduct periodic regulatory compliance training for office and field-based operations personnel
Contribute to the development of internal regulatory standards, policies and procedures
Conduct periodic assurance activities to identify compliance gaps and corrective solutions
The role is expected to improve efficiencies utilizing LEAN methodology and automation of repetitive/administrate tasks in alignment with Equinor s digital roadmap
Participate in emergency response as a member of Equinor s Incident Management Team
Travel 25% - 35% to field offices and regulatory agencies required this may include travel between the primary US Onshore office in Austin and Equinor s Houston office


Bachelor s degree or 2 10 years of practical and technical work experience
7+ years of US Onshore drilling and production regulatory experience preferred
Working knowledge of US Onshore drilling and production permitting regulations at the federal and state levels
Experience working with Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation (DNR-OOC), Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC), North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), General Land Office (GLO), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) regulatory requirements preferred

Personal Qualities

Ability to live by our safety and security expectations
Exceptional communication and collaboration skills with the ability to interact with personnel at all levels of the organization with confidence, respect and integrity
Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with regulators
Manage communication between internal teams and regulatory agencies
Ability to maintain a high standard of work under minimal supervision, be a self-motivated team player
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage a large workload with dynamic priorities
Ability to research and comprehend rules and regulations
Ability to analyze information, solve problems and work in a team environment
Proficient skills in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
Ability to drive organizational change
Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and deliver a variety of training topics
Be imaginative, ambitious and stimulate new ideas
Strong verbal, written and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task

We Offer

Not just a job. A career. We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities our global company offers, and empower you to build your career across multiple disciplines and geographies, exchange ideas and learn from others.

Rewards. We offer a range of reward programmes within one Equinor framework adapted to the local market. This includes competitive salary, variable pay schemes and a share savings plan.

Wellness and work-life balance. Our employees health and well- being is a priority and we encourage our people to make use of our flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently.

An inclusive culture. Embracing an inclusive culture is a fundamental part of our values, and leveraging our diverse perspectives and experiences help us deliver together. Equinor provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

General Information

Our values are to be courageous, open, collaborative and caring. We believe in these qualities, which are essential for building an even stronger Equinor. If you can identify with them, you could be the one to strengthen our team. Candidates are expected to openly offer all relevant information about themselves during the recruitment process.

All permanent and temporary hires will be screened against relevant sanctions lists to ensure compliance with sanctions law and increase security.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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