Scott Angelle, Director of the
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
spoke yesterday in Gray, LA at a joint luncheon with South Central Industrial Association (SCIA) and Bayou Industrial Group (BIG) on the offshore oil and gas industry's path forward under the leadership of President Trump's administration.
Angelle started by saying that 1 of every 6 barrels of oil produced in America comes from the Gulf of Mexico and 82 percent of that comes from deepwater - a sure sign that industry has continued to invent and accelerate and do the things necessary to fuel this country.
Angelle also presented six key points that are critical in making the United States energy dominant, which is his top priority as BSEE Director.
Those six strategies include:
- Access to more oil and gas resources
- Regulatory reform
- Competitive royalty rates (that benefits the American people)
- Engagement (with stakeholders)
- Safety and environmental safeguards
- Tax reform
He emphasized the need to have "regulation without strangulation" as two of the most prominent rules under the previous administration, the Well Control Rule and the Production Safety Rule are currently undergoing regulatory reform at the Agency.
"The President [President Trump] and the Secretary of the Department of Interior [Ryan Zinke] believe that our best days are yet to come when it comes to offshore energy production," said Angelle.