Thursday, June 7, 2018
Women Are the New Faces of Leadership in the
Oil and Gas Industry
By Lori LeBlanc, LMOGA Offshore Committee Director for BIC Magazine

I grew up in New Jersey where both of my parents worked for ExxonMobil. My mother started her career with Esso, as the company was known, just before her 18th birthday in 1959.  It was a time when most women like my mother who worked outside of the home were hired for secretarial positions.
She was part of a steno pool, wore white gloves to work, and was an expert in short-hand. My mother continued to work in administrative positions with the company throughout her career, eventually moving from New Jersey to Baton Rouge, and she loved her job until the day she retired after 52 years of service.
I thought about my mother and women like her whose dedication and hard work have contributed greatly to the success of America’s oil and gas industry when I attended the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) annual meeting this spring. There, I also recognized that women are making their mark on today’s oil and gas industry in bold new roles, serving in high-level leadership positions that ten or twenty years ago might have been unthinkable. We’ve come a long way from the steno pool, and the career opportunities for females in all areas of the oil and gas industry is more promising than ever before.
Rising oil prices spark hope in Louisiana's oil patch, but is it enough to bring the industry back to where it was? via The Acadiana Advocate
After rising above $80 a barrel in May for the first time since November 2014, Brent crude oil prices have receded a bit in the past two weeks.

Still, for  Louisiana’s hard-hit energy industry , the market’s brief flirtation with that long-elusive benchmark offered some reason for optimism, even though oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico are proceeding cautiously.

“Our economy has leveled off, and we’re looking for higher prices that will help us, but it all comes down to exploration in the Gulf,” said Frank Fink, the economic development director for oil-dependent St. Mary Parish.
BSEE’s Hurricane Response Team Readies Plans for 2018 Hurricane Season via BSEE
NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Hurricane Response Team is ready to support offshore oil and gas operators as they implement their preparedness plans for hurricane season 2018.
BSEE continuously works with operators to ensure safety during hurricane and other weather-related response efforts and to minimize the disruption to offshore energy  production .
“BSEE regulations are specifically designed to keep offshore operations safe,” said Lars Herbst, BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director. “Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico can result in platform and rig evacuations and curtailed production. Our hurricane guidelines help operators prepare and respond safely.”
Shell pushes forward in Gulf oilfield via Daily Comet
Shell has started oil production at a project in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles southeast of Port Fourchon.

Production at the Kaikas project started last week, about a year ahead of schedule, company officials said.

Made up of several subsea wells attached via pipeline to an existing production platform, Kaikas can break even with oil prices of $30 a barrel, the company says. That’s down significantly from $60 or $70 a barrel economists and analysts have widely touted as the break-even oil price in the deepwater Gulf over the past several years.
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