HOUSTON -- The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) today recognized several offshore operators and individuals for achievements in offshore safety, environmental protection, and pollution prevention. This year's presentation of the Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) and Offshore Leadership Award (OLA) was held at a luncheon in Houston, Texas at the Offshore Technology Conference.
The SAFE recognizes four categories of outstanding safety and pollution prevention performance by offshore operators: drilling contractor, production contractor, high activity operator, and moderate activity operator. The selection criteria consist of inspection and incident data and input from MMS district and regional offices.
The OLA recognizes individuals for safety achievements, improved environmental protection or enhanced resource recovery and conservation, or who have inspired innovation and outstanding performance by others.
The 2009 SAFE Award winners are:
Drilling Contractor – Noble Drilling Corp.
Production Contractor – Danos & Curole Marine Contractors Inc.
High Activity Operator – Devon Energy Production Co.
Moderate Activity Operator – Noble Energy Inc.
The 2009 OLA winners are:
Wayne Broussard, PSN/Grasso
A.J. Guiteau, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.
George Hagerman, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute
Ann Jochens, Texas A&M University
Paul Landry, Apache Corp.
Darryl Luoma, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.
Alan Romine, InterACT PMTI
John Seeger, InterACT PMTI
Chris Brooks, Merit Energy Co.
William "Billy" Poe, Explosive Service International
Virgil Russell, BP America Inc
Al Gonsoulin, Petroleum Helicopter Inc.