Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM CT
The Evangeline Section of SPE is hosting our December Monthly Meeting:
“ Rigs as Reefs: Re-imagining Our Energy Past as our Eco-Friendly Future ”
Emily Hazelwood, Blue Latitudes
December 13, 2022
Noon – 1 PM CST 11:30 AM Lunch served
Petroleum Club of Lafayette - 111 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA
Increasingly, the world’s offshore oil and gas platforms are transitioning into aging relics, leftover designs from an era in hot pursuit of developing and extracting the world’s offshore oil reserves, with little thought given to their eventual removal. However, as the global economy has begun to shift away from traditional energy resources (i.e., oil and gas) towards renewables (i.e., wind, wave, and solar energy), the removal of many offshore structures has become inevitable, and the technical, economic, and environmental implications associated with their decommissioning must now be addressed. Many of these platforms are home to some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, making decommissioning via complete removal and onshore disposal environmentally detrimental, and needlessly expensive. Repurposing an object, which was once environmentally taxing, into something sustainable and environmentally friendly is inherently fresh, and perhaps most critically, timely. This lecture will shed light on how scientists, operators and regulators are beginning to think creatively about our ocean resources, and radically changing the way society views ocean conservation. By examining several case studies, ranging from traditional fixed platforms to floating facilities to subsea infrastructure in the super deep sea, this lecture will demonstrate the ecological, social, and economic benefits of repurposing oil and gas infrastructure as marine habitats. Ultimately, this lecture will demonstrate to members how implementing Rigs to Reef programs globally provides not only a viable alternative to traditional decommissioning but also a replicable, scalable and significantly more commercially viable solution which can catalyze sustainable ocean resource development.
Emily Hazelwood is a marine conservation biologist and co-founder of Blue Latitudes, a women-owned marine environmental consulting firm , where she works to unite science , policy, and innovative technology to solve the complex ecological challenges associated with re-purposing offshore oil and gas platforms as artificial reefs through the Rigs to Reefs program. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and an M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2018, Emily was recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 (entrepreneurs) list for her work developing sustainable, creative, and cost- effective solutions for the offshore energy industry.
An Extra 45 Minutes Can Provide a World of Knowledge!
Any feedback will be welcome for the Evangeline Section meeting: SPEEvangelineSection@gmail.com
Register for meal headcount by SUNDAY, December 11, 2022. Recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed. Lunch served ~11:30 AM. Anyone with an interest in this subject is very welcome to attend.
*Note Pricing Details
$25 if paid by Sunday, December 11, 2022.
$30 if registered by December 11, 2022 and select Pay at Door.
Note the email invoice will show $25, but $30 will be charged at the door.
$30 if no pre-registration.
If you use a Petroleum Club Membership to pay, please register and choose Pay at Door. Your Petroleum Club account will be charged $30.
$35 if paid by Sunday, December 11, 2022.
$40 if registered by December 11, 2022 and select Pay at Door.
Note the email invoice will show $35, but $40 will be charged at the door.
$40 if no pre-registration.
For Petroleum Club Membership to pay, please register and choose Pay at Door.
Your Petroleum Club account will be charged $40.
Students/Faculty: First ten (10) are free; >10 then $10 / $15 at door. Students/Faculty must email David Boucher for lunch vouchers by Monday, December 12, 10 AM and there is no need to register on the SPE website.
Members in Transition (looking for work ) - $0 in-person if pre-registered by December 11, 2022. Join us to network and keep your industry knowledge current at no cost if you are not currently employed. AND Please email David Boucher .
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To receive a Continuing Education Credit Certificate by email, please email Continuing Education Credit Certificate by December 13 or sign the roster at the meeting. You will be emailed after our meeting.
For questions: SPEEvangelineSection@gmail.com or Lillian Espinoza-Gala or 985-381-4099.
Lafayette, LA, United States