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Ian MacDonald, Ph.D. was the Panel Chair of Technical and Environmental Challenges.  He is a professor in the Department of Oceanography at FSU. His research combines observations from submersibles with satellite imaging to understand the role of natural hydrocarbon releases in the carbon cycle.  Much of this work has been focused in the Gulf of Mexico and has been applied in scientific management of offshore energy industry.
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R. Mark Isaac, Ph.D. was the Panel Chair of Economic Challenges.  He is a professor in the Department of Economics at FSU. Dr. Isaac uses experimental economics. His work has provided new empirical insights for many traditional economic problems, such as trading, pricing, auctions and public goods.  Dr. Isaac was an energy economist early in his career, publishing articles on petroleum prices and bidding institutions for leasing and auctions of offshore oil leases. 
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Professor Donna R. Christie was Panel Chair of Law and Policy Challenges as well as a panelist.  She is a Professor of Law at FSU.  Professor Christie is internationally known for her work in ocean and coastal management law.   She is a co-author of the leading casebook in the field, Coastal and Ocean Law, as well as the author of numerous articles and reports exploring ocean policy, fisheries management and coastal resources management. Professor Christie has been involved in ocean policy development at the state level in Florida for several governors. 

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Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability

October 2009
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This month's issue is devoted entirely to Part I of the Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy held at FSU on November 2nd.  The purpose of this event was to bring together groups of recognized experts to articulate scholarship-derived issues that should be addressed in any offshore drilling strategy the state proposes.  Our role is to serve as an 'honest broker,' providing insight and  information while bringing a greater understanding of the issues to the debate.

Dave Cartes

The Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy-

Part I: Oil and Gas


Opening Remarks  Kirby Kemper, Ph.D.
                             Vice President of Research FSU
Keynote Speaker    Joe Christopher, M.A.
Regional Supervisor for the Office of Leasing and Environment for the Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico Region, U.S. Department of the Interior

Moderator             Paul Flemming                        
                       State Editor, Tallahassee Democrat
Technical and Environmental Challenges

This panel considered the potential impacts of oil and gas activity in the marine environment: mitigation of potential impacts with modern technology, the baseline knowledge needed for science-based management and monitoring of energy production, and special needs of the Florida coastal region.

Chair                      Ian MacDonald, Ph.D.
Norman L. Guinasso, Jr., Ph.D.
Director for Ocean Sciences of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group Texas A & M Univeristy
                              Kenneth J. Schaudt, CCM
Oceanographer and Certified Consulting Meteorologist
                              Martin T. Hovland, Ph.D.
Employed as geophysicist, geologist, engineer and researcher in Statoil since 1976 and StatoilHydro since Oct. 2007
Economic Challenges

The experts on Economic Challenges discussed several important issues regarding offshore oil leasing and the potential revenue for the state of Florida including:  How are offshore oil auctions designed and how do they generate revenue? How do changes in such things as energy markets, oil industry structure or auction design influence potential revenue streams? What is the outlook for international oil and gas markets? How do federal regulations affect offshore oil and gas leasing, exploration, and production? What are some of the labor market implications of having an ongoing offshore oil industry?

Chair                      R. Mark Isaac, Ph.D.
Kenneth Hendricks, Ph.D.
Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin
                              Mark J. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Director of the Research & Development Division at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University

Law and Policy Challenges

This panel considered the law and policy framework for oil and gas activity in Florida's Gulf of Mexico waters.  In addition to looking at experiences of other Gulf States developing resources within their waters, special consideration was given to the relationship of opening state waters to federal oil and gas development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and how federal policy may affect Florida's decision-making. 

Chair and Panelist  Donna R. Christie, J.D.
Owen Anderson, J.D.
Eugene Kuntz Chair in Oil, Gas & Natural Resources at the College of Law, University of Oklahoma
Paul L. Kelly, J.D.
Consultant on energy and ocean policy and retired Senior Vice
President of Rowan Companies, Inc.
    Closing Discussion
The Institute is a public resource. Here we carry out scholarly basic research and analysis in engineering, science, infrastructure, governance and the related social dimensions to further a sustainable energy economy. The Institute unites researchers from the disciplines of engineering, natural sciences, law, urban and regional planning, geography and economics to address sustainability and alternative power issues in the context of global climate change.
The Center for a Systems Approach to Bio-Energy Research;
The Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis ;
The Public Utility Research Center; and
The Florida Energy Systems Consortium.

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