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Monday, November 18, 2019

Randall Luthi News

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NOIA Applauds Wheeler’s Confirmation

NOIA President Randall Luthi released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator:“NOIA congratulates Andrew Wheeler and applauds the Senate following his confirmation as EPA Administrator. Mr. Wheeler has shown his ability to successfully navigate through tough issues, tough interest groups and a tough confirmation process with his knowledge, demeanor and a well-conceived plan for the future of the agency.

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NOIA Congratulates Trump, Urges Path Forward on Offshore Development

NOIA President Randall Luthi today released the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. “On behalf of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), I congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory at the polls. The American people have spoken, and this long and contentious election is finally over. Even though it appears the political divide in our Nation has widened, now is the time to work together to promote wise energy policies that will enhance our ability to create jobs and promote energy security.

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NOIA Applauds Passage of House Interior Appropriations Bill

“NOIA applauds members of the House of Representatives for passing the first Interior and Environment Appropriations bill since 2009. Not only does the passage of the bill bring back regular order, the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill includes smart policy provisions to limit the harmful impact of many short-sighted regulations targeting offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development and includes protections from other potential politically-driven regulations the Obama administration could levy on its way out of office.

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NOIA’s Luthi Testifies at House Natural Resources Subcommittee Hearing

NOIA President Randall Luthi released the following statement after providing testimony today before the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on H.R. “NOIA applauds Congressman Graves and Ranking Member Lowenthal for their bipartisan sponsorship of the Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act and thanks the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing. “Offshore energy development is a vital part of the U.S. economy, providing jobs, energy security and much needed government revenue.

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NOIA Elects McEvoy, Chairman Welch Vice Chair

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Kevin McEvoy as Chairman and Dave Welch as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2016-2017 term. McEvoy and Welch assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, McEvoy has served as Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering International, Inc., global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications.

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Oceaneering Wins NOIA Safety Award

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today named Oceaneering International, Inc. as the recipient of the 2016 Safety-in-Seas (SIS) Safety Practice Award. Kevin McEvoy, CEO of Oceaneering International, accepted the award at the NOIA annual meeting in Washington, DC. “We are very pleased to be selected for this prestigious recognition. Through rigorous risk analysis with our customer, we developed multiple redundant, fail-safe systems to safely conduct these complex subsea operations in deep water,” said Kevin McEvoy, CEO of Oceaneering International, Inc.

Technip USA Wins NOIA Safety Award

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) presented Technip USA, Inc. with the 2016 NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award today during the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Technip USA won the Culture of Safety Award in recognition of Technip’s Pulse program, a global vehicle for HSE climate change through leadership and communication. “We are honored and delighted to have been selected as the winner of the NOIA 2016 Culture of Safety Award. HSE is essential to our industry and is an absolute priority for Technip.

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Opportunity to Promote a Broad-Based Energy Policy in SOTU Missed

"The President missed a golden opportunity to promote a broad-based energy policy consisting of both traditional and non-traditional sources of energy. Instead, he used rhetoric that dismissed the efforts of the men and women in the oil and natural gas industry by not recognizing that exploration, production and related activities provide tremendous economic benefits and thousands upon thousands of jobs – even in these times of low commodity prices. The fact that American consumers are now enjoying low gasoline prices is due more to the efforts of these men and women…

Nominations Sought for NOIA Safety Awards

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) announced it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Safety in Seas Awards competition. The Safety in Seas Awards honor excellence in offshore safety culture and practices. "Even during tough times brought on by low commodity prices, safe offshore operations remain the primary goal of our members. The safety culture approach to conducting operations offshore is a core value industry-wide and is highly encouraged by regulators,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi.

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NOIA Rebuts “Red Herring” Study on Atlantic Development

“The Quest Study estimates the potential for jobs, economic activity and government revenue that could be generated from Atlantic development, assuming reasonable government policies supporting energy development are in place. Completed in 2013, the Quest report was never intended, nor could it have been expected, to predict federal policy in 2015. Thus, the SELC report misses the forest for the trees; the fact remains that Atlantic oil and gas activity holds the potential to add tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue and investment to Atlantic states.

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Miller is VP - Government and Political Affairs, NOIA

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has promoted Megan Bel Miller to Vice President for Government and Political Affairs. She will lead NOIA's Congressional relations and Political Action Committee.Megan joined the NOIA staff in May 2013 as Senior Director, Government & Political Affairs. “Megan’s unparalleled Hill and legislative experience combined with her knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico and the offshore energy industry have greatly benefitted the NOIA membership and staff over the past two years.She has helped further our mission to promote offshore energy access…

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SEACOR Marine Sweeps NOIA SIS Awards

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today presented SEACOR Marine with the 2015 NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award and Safety Practice Award. This is the first time the same company has won awards in the same year. NOIA added the Culture of Safety award to the competition in 2014. SEACOR Marine won the Culture of Safety Award for their safety culture model which spurred a seven year trend of declining total number of Lost Time Incidents, Medical Treatment Incidents…

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Taylor to Chair NOIA Board

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Cindy B. Taylor as Chair and Kevin McEvoy as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2015-2016 term. Taylor and McEvoy assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, DC. Since 2007, Cindy has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oil States International, Inc., a publicly traded diversified oilfield services company headquartered in Houston. She also serves on the company’s board of directors, and has been NOIA’s Vice Chair for the 2014 -2015 term.

API: Offshore Operations Safer than Ever

Advances in technology, standards and practices in the last five years have made America’s offshore oil and natural gas industry safer than ever, API President and CEO Jack Gerard told reporters on a press conference call today. “Our goal is zero accidents and zero spills,” said Gerard. “Our daily commitment is one of constant improvement until that goal becomes reality. Gerard highlighted a number of actions the industry has taken, which began immediately after the Macondo incident in 2010 with a comprehensive review of existing practices to improve accident prevention…

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NOIA: Safety is First Priority Offshore

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi joined American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Gerard and International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) president and CEO Stephen Coleville this morning to discuss improvements in offshore safety since the Macondo Well accident five years ago. Luthi highlighted the importance of offshore safety, addressing  many of the safety enhancements and industry measures that have been adopted since April 20, 2010. “No well is worth the loss of a life, and [the Macondo] tragedy claimed 11.

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Study: US Offshore Holds Huge Untapped Potential

Two new studies released today by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show significant potential added energy and economic benefits to the United States if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development. Both studies were conducted by Quest Offshore Inc., which also conducted a study of the Atlantic OCS, which NOIA and API released last year. “The U.S.

NOIA Elects Rynd Chairman, Taylor Vice Chair

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected John T. Rynd as Chairman of NOIA and Cindy B. Taylor as Vice Chair of NOIA for the upcoming 2014-2015 term. Rynd and Taylor assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, DC. Since 2008, Rynd has been the Chief Executive Officer and President, Hercules Offshore, Inc., a publicly traded global provider of offshore contract drilling and liftboat services headquartered in Houston, Texas.

NOIA President Congratulates Beaudreau on Nomination

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi  issued the following statement on the nomination of Tommy Beaudreau to be the next DOI Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget: “NOIA congratulates Tommy Beaudreau on his nomination to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. We thank him for service and leadership as Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and as acting ASLM and look forward to continued communication and collaboration on offshore issues as he as he moves through the confirmation process.”

NOIA President Comments on Schneider's DOI Nomination

“It is the prerogative of the President and Secretary to nominate whomever they choose, but there are many unanswered questions about how Janice Schneider will regulate the offshore energy industry. He added, “That being said, many of our members are disappointed that Tommy Beaudreau was not nominated. He came to the Department of the Interior during a difficult time, but over the last two years he earned the reputation for being willing to listen and learn about industry concerns. I wish him the very best as he returns his full attention to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

NOIA Applauds Selection of Next BSEE Director

“I applaud Secretary Jewell’s selection of Vice Admiral Brian Salerno as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Like his predecessor, Vice Admiral Salerno comes with a solid background in offshore issues. NOIA trusts he will continue Admiral Watson’s record of fair oversight as we strive to maintain the highest levels of offshore safety while producing the energy so vital to the nation’s economic health.

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NOIA President Comments on Senators' Proposed Offshore Revenue Sharing Bill

“NOIA thanks Senators Murkowski and Landrieu for continuing their visionary leadership on the revenue sharing issue by offering this bill. NOIA has long advocated revenue sharing as fair and equitable treatment for coastal states supporting responsible offshore oil and gas exploration and development. Allowing all coastal states to share in prospective future revenue from both traditional and renewable offshore energy activities is sound public policy. However, steps must be taken…

NOIA Welcomes GofM Lease Sale

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi makes the following statement about Gulf of Mexico Lease 227 Sale. "We are seeing a very positive trend for the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we look forward to Central Gulf sale 227. It should provide a more accurate barometer of industry’s interest in the region than the last Central Gulf sale, which was delayed for over a year and saw pent-up industry interest on display. “Lease sales such as…

NOIA Reacts to Salazar's Pending Departure

NOIA President Randall Luthi Comments on Pending Departure of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “On behalf of the National Ocean Industries Association, I thank Secretary Salazar for his service and wish him the best on his return to Colorado. Owning a ranch in Wyoming myself, I can certainly understand the strong desire to leave Washington and return to running cows and calves instead of political gauntlets. The Secretary leaves a legacy that reflects strong leadership in the promotion of offshore wind resources and bolstering of certain safety protocols…

Western GofM Oil/Gas Lease Bidding: NOIA Comments

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi encouraged by sales, urges further offshore developments. "This sale is on-par with expectations and shows that the offshore oil and natural gas industry is still committed to domestic exploration and production. The Federal government benefits from this sale through non-income tax revenue and the promise of future income through rents and potential royalties upon production. With enormous economic challenges facing the U.S.…

NOIA Supports House Alternative 5 Year Offshore Lease Plan

“I write to express the support of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) for your efforts to expand access to the outer continental shelf (OCS) for oil and gas exploration and development beyond what is offered under the Administration’s 2012-2017 Proposed Final Program (PFP) released on June 28. These efforts are critically important to the industry’s ability to add new jobs, new domestic supplies of oil and natural gas, and new revenues to federal and state treasuries.

Highly Successful IMCA Annual Seminar

USA hosted the nineteenth International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) annual seminar from 9-10 November, with its theme ‘The future of marine and subsea operations’. This year’s seminar attracted over 340 delegates, and was endorsed by IADC, OGP, MTS dynamic positioning committee, API, ADC International, OCIMF, and OOC. The two days saw a range of presentations, workshops, social events, an exhibition with stands from 19 different companies, and some strong views from speakers and delegates alike.