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
State Editor, Tallahassee Democrat
Moderator Paul Flemming
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.
Panelists 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
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.
Panelists 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.
Panelists 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.