GALVESTON, Texas– Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle discussed the importance of deepwater Gulf of Mexico E&P at the recent Deepwater Operations Conference & Exhibition in Galveston, Texas.
“The offshore oil and gas industry has demonstrated that when faced with challenges in deepwater whether market-based or technology, it continues to innovate and accelerate,” Angelle said during his keynote presentation.
David Paganie, conference director, PennWell, and chief editor ofOffshore,said: “Director Angelle’s remarks at Deepwater Operations were an encouraging reminder that offshore oil and gas has advocates in Washington that seek to galvanize the industry in this challenging market.”
The director also recently spent time in Houston discussing current and future deepwater Gulf of Mexico activity in meetings with oil and gas operators and drilling contractors.
“In working towardPresident Trump’s and Secretary Zinke’s goal of energy dominance, industry will need to continue to meet the challenges of deepwater development,” Angelle said. “BSEE must work to ensure that the outer continental shelf is attractive for investment and that all operations are conducted safely and are environmentally sustainable.”
According to BSEE, in 2016, 82% of the US Gulf of Mexico oil production came from wells in water depths greater than 1,000 ft (304.8 m). In 1999, deepwater oil production accounted for 50% of totalGulf of Mexico production.