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Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment: April 14, 2011, Washington D.C.




Welcome and thank you for visiting the Department of the Interior’s website for the Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment. We look forward to your participation. 

Below you will find the proposed agenda and useful information for your upcoming visit to the District of Columbia and the Department. We have also provided a list of accommodations for those traveling from out of town. 

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Main Interior Building, where the Forum will be held. Lunch is not provided through the Forum, but a list of local eating establishments can be found below.  We recommend participants use DC’s Metro system or take a taxi to the Forum, as parking is not available. 

 

WHEN: April 14, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Main Interior Building Auditorium
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC
WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, along with ministers and senior government officials from Brazil, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway, Russia, Canada, India, Netherlands, Angola and the European Union; and

Experts in offshore drilling and regulation, including:
-    William Reilly, Co-Chair, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
-    Don Winter, Chair, Analysis of the Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire and Oil Spill Committee
-    James Dupree, BP Regional President, Gulf of Mexico
-    Owen Kratz, Helix Energy Solutions, President and Chief Executive Officer
-    Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK, Chief Executive Officer
-    Thomas Hunter, Chair, Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee
WHAT: A forum to discuss how to strengthen capabilities for containing potential deepwater blowouts of oil and gas wells and how to develop global solutions for offshore containment technologies. 

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in attending, please RSVP no later than Friday, April 8, 2011, by emailing DOI_events@ios.doi.gov.  If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact Vicki Dixon at Vicki_Dixon@ios.doi.gov.   We hope that you will be able to join us for this important event.


Ministerial Forum Agenda

 

7:30 a.m.
Registration
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Secretary Ken Salazar
9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Government Officials deliver Remarks alphabetically:

ANGOLA
Mr. José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos (Minister of Petroleum)

AUSTRALIA
Mr. Martin Hoffman (Deputy Secretary of the Department of Resources and Energy for Australia)

BRAZIL
Heiter R.P. Lima, Senior Consultant (E&P - ENGP), Petrobas

CANADA
TBD

EU
Mr. Eero Ailio (DG Energy, Deputy Head of Unit, Coal and Oil Policy)

INDIA
Mr. R.P.N. Singh (Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India)

MEXICO
TBD

NETHERLANDS
Mr. Jan de Jong (Inspector General of Mines, State Supervision of Mines)

NEW ZEALAND
Bradley Ilg (Senior Petroleum Geologist, Crown Minerals Group, Ministry of Economic Development)

NORWAY
State Secretary Per Rune Henriksen, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Mr. Yevgeny Vasilyevich Baryshev (Head, Russian Federation State Marine Rescue Service)

UK
Mr. Geoffrey Podger (Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive)

10:30 a.m.
Session I--"Lessons Learned: The Need for Better Well Containment Capabilities Worldwide"  
Moderated by Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

This panel will focus on the lessons learned from recent blowouts.  The presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion.

-    William Reilly, Co-Chair, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
-    Don Winter, Chair, Analysis of the Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire and Oil Spill Committee
-    Martin Hoffman, Australia Deputy Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

12:00 p.m.
Break
1:30 p.m.
Session II--"Promoting Next Generation Well Containment Technologies"
Moderated by David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior

This panel will focus on existing containment technologies and offer suggestions for developing global containment solutions.  The panel presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion.

-    James Dupree, BP Regional President, Gulf of Mexico
-    Owen Kratz, Helix Energy Solutions, President and Chief Executive Officer
-    Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK, Chief Executive Officer
-    Thomas Hunter, Chair, Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee

4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Government Representatives
5:00 p.m.
Meeting Adjourns


Background Materials


Final Report on the Investigation of the Macondo Well Blowout
Deep Water Horizon Study Group, March 2011

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling Report to the President
National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, January 2011

Interim Report on Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Blowout and Ways to Prevent Such Events
National Academy of Engineering, November 2010

Deepwater Horizon Containment and Response: Harnessing Capabilities and Lessons Learned
BP, September 2010

Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry
Montara Commission, June 2010

 

Traveling to Washington, DC


Airports:

  • Ronald Reagan Airport/National Airport (DCA) – Taxi, Rental Car, Metro Accessible (Closest airport to DC) 
  • Dulles International Airport – Taxi, Rental Car Accessible
  • Baltimore International Airport – Taxi, Rental Car, MARC/AMTRAC Trains Accessible

Accommodations: