2017 Industry Forum

October 25, 2017, 8:30am-4:35pm

J.W. Marriott-ASAE Conference Center, 1575 I Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

This year’s forum builds on the 2016 highly successful event and report on Sound in the Sea by convening representatives across the ocean science and technology community to examine an important topic of broad interest and high impact. COL’s Industry forums are unique in their specific goal to use constructive science- and technology-based, stakeholder dialogue to identify potential resolutions to controversial, cross-sector concerns involving ocean industry. This approach enables a robust conversation focused on science-based outcomes and actions that lead to effective and practical solutions. While selected forum topics cut across sectors and are highly relevant to the large infrastructure management, ocean science, policy, conservation and industrial communities, they also address complex and often unresolved science questions, broad natural resource implications, and important economic considerations.

With its focus on the future of decommissioned ocean-based oil platforms, the objectives of the 2017 forum are to:

  • Confirm specific, agreed-upon science and technology gaps that, if filled, would enhance the ability to make wise and timely decisions and develop or refine policy around decommissioned offshore oil platforms and other associated infrastructure,
  • Identify specific areas of disagreement on the overall impact (positive and negative) of structures remaining in place (or in other ocean areas) after decommission, and
  • Identify possible means to resolve differences and disagreements through research, analysis, technology, policy initiatives, multi-sector collaboration, etc.


8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

RADM (Ret.) Jonathan White Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO
8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Kenneth Weiss The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
9:10 AM

The science of reefing

Larry McKinney Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
9:30 AM

The state of regulatory issues guiding decommissioning

Douglas Peter Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
9:50 AM

Industrial Perspectives

Timothy Charters National Ocean Industries Association
10:10 AM

Perspectives from the  NGO community

Don Kent Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
10:30 AM

International repurposing of decommissioned rigs

Stephen Truchon Shell Technology Center, Houston
10:50 AM Break
11:00 AM

Characterizing environmental benefits and risks

Thomas Campbell (Moderator) Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP  
Milton Love University of California, Santa Barbara
Greg Stunz Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Mark Benfield Louisiana State University
Jorge Brenner The Nature Conservancy
12:00 PM Lunch
12:20 PM

Alternative uses for decommisioned platforms … or not …

Kent Satterlee (Moderator) Kent Satterlee and Associates, LLC
Mark J. Spalding The Ocean Foundation  
Ted Venker Coastal Conservation Association
1:20 PM

Lessons learned from the international experience

John Campbell International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
1:40 PM

Rigs to Reality: Perspectives on converting ocean platforms and subsea infrastructure to alternative uses

John Seeger (Moderator) Fieldwood Energy, LLC
Drew Hunger Morrison Well Services
Michael McDonough Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
J. Dale Shively Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Roy Crabtree NOAA Southeast Regional Office
3:10 PM  Break
3:20 PM

Identifying gaps and moving forward

Jennifer Ewald (Moderator) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Larry McKinney Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Timothy T. Charters National Ocean Industries Association
Elmer “Bud” Danenberger Independent Consultant
Jorge Brenner The Nature Conservancy
4:20 PM

Summary and Closing Remarks

RADM (Ret.) Jonathan White Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO
4:35 PM

Meeting Adjourns

5:30 PM

Reception at Toro Toro (1300 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005)


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