Sept. 20, 2006


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Please note change of venue to auditorium at 1500 Louisiana, 77002, Houston

Parker Abstract:   Shallow water areas of the Gulf of Mexico continental shelf experience low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) each summer. The hypoxic zone is primarily caused by input of nutrients from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. The nutrients stimulate the growth of phytoplankton, which leads to reduction of the oxygen concentration near the sea floor. During the renewal of an offshore discharge permit used by the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified the need to assess the potential contribution from produced water discharges to the occurrence of hypoxia. The EPA permit required either that all platforms in the hypoxic zone submit produced water samples, or that industry perform a coordinated sampling program. This paper, based on a report submitted to EPA in August 2005 (1), describes the results of the joint industry sampling program and the use of those results to quantify the relative significance of produced water discharges in the context of other sources on the occurrence of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.

Seaton Abstract:   The increasing environmental legislation surrounding drilling operations has led to a rapid rise in drilling waste management spending by operators. The traditional perception has been that this increased spending adds to well construction costs. While it true that new technology comes with a price tag, and much of the technology used in drilling waste management has been introduced in the last 10 years, many technologies now available to operators are clearly cost effective when the entire well construction cost is evaluated.   The cost of making a mistake and having either an expensive remediation project or a potential liability nearly always significantly outweighs the cost of a good preventative drilling waste management program. Further, compliance with current environmental regulations does not always guarantee immunity in the future.


Featured Speakers

Speaker Michael E. Parker, P.E. and Simon Seaton
Environmental Advisor and Director of Marketing and Development for Halliburton''s Fluid: ExxonMobil and Halliburton Simon Seaton earned a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from University College,Cardiff in 1990. He started his career with Halliburton in Aberdeenworking for Baroid and held several field and technical roles there.Other stints have included marketing and …

Environmental Advisor and Director of Marketing and Development for Halliburton''s Fluid:
ExxonMobil and Halliburton

Simon Seaton earned a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from University College,
Cardiff in 1990. He started his career with Halliburton in Aberdeen
working for Baroid and held several field and technical roles there.
Other stints have included marketing and management roles in Houston and
Nigeria.  In 2003 he accepted the role of Global Operations Manager
for Baroid Surface Solutions in Houston, and in June 2006 was appointed
the Director of Marketing and Development for Halliburton''s Fluid
Systems Division.


Michael Parker: BS Civil Engineering - University of Texas 1976


MS Ocean Engineering - Texas A&M University 1977


 


Employed by Exxon/ExxonMobil for 28 years.  


Experience base has been essentially all associated with offshore exploration and production operations, including a 7-year drilling assignment. Parker has 20 years experience with operations-oriented environmental and regulatory affairs.  Areas of expertise include drilling and production discharges, spill prevention, platform decommissioning and artificial reef programs, wetlands regulation and protection, underground injection operations, and groundwater protection.


 


He currently chairs the American Petroleum Institute''s Upstream Water Issues Group, the International Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) Marine Protected Areas and Species Subcommittee, and he is a member of the Ground Water Protection Research Foundation Board of Directors.


 

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Organizer

George Holliday


Date and Time

Wed, Sept. 20, 2006

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Location

1500 Louisiana, Chevron Auditorium - CHANGE OF VENUE

1500 Louisana
Houston, Texas 77002
U. S.