2017 Industry Forum 2018-08-07T09:58:23+00:00

2017 Industry Forum

Rigs to Reality: Determining the Fate of Offshore Oil Platforms

October 25, 2017, 8:30am-4:35pm
JW Marriott – ASAE Conference Center
1575 I Street, NW, Washington DC

Proceedings Document

The 2017 forum builds on the highly successful 2016 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 were 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.) Jon White, 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 decommissioned 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
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.) Jon White, Ocean Leadership President and CEO
4:35 PM Meeting Adjourns
5:30 PM

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

Special thanks to our sponsors for their generous support!