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Keynote & Plenary Speakers

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The 22nd Annual Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Technical Symposium is fortunate to have lunchtime Keynote speakers and a Plenary Session that will provide context to current topics in Deepwater.

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Pleanary Session

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Scott A. Angelle

Scott A. Angelle

Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Department of the Interior

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Topic:

"BSEE and Industry Advancing Safe Deepwater Technology"

Biography:

Scott A. Angelle is Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Department of the Interior. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the regulatory oversight and enforcement of energy industry operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. He joined the bureau on May 24, 2017, following more than 30 years of reforming agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors. His career is characterized by a strong desire to achieve results that lead to greater success for the organizations he leads.

Most recently, he served as Commissioner, District II, Louisiana Public Service Commission, an elected position he held from 2013 – 2017. As a member of the PSC, he was responsible for serving the public interest by assuring safe, reliable and reasonably-priced services for public utilities and motor carriers. He also served as a member of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and a member of the board at Sunoco Logistics Partners LP.

Angelle began his work in public service in 1988 when he was elected to the St. Martin Parish Police Jury; the youngest person ever selected for the position at age 25. He was elected President of the parish body five years later; also the youngest to hold the position. During this same time he worked as a Petroleum Landman for Angelle and Donohue and Vice President for the Huval Companies with responsibilities for insurance risk management solutions in the energy, government and transportation sectors.

In 2004 he was appointed Secretary, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, a position he held until 2012 under both the Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal gubernatorial administrations. In May of 2010, he was appointed as Interim Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana during the height of the worst oil spill in U.S. history. On behalf of the state, he successfully achieved an early end to the offshore drilling moratorium imposed by the federal government. In November 2010, he returned to the position of Secretary for Natural Resources until resigning to run for Public Service Commissioner.

Angelle is a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and a graduate of Breaux Bridge Senior High School. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Land Management. He and his wife Dianne are the proud parents of five children and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.

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Jim Swartz

Jim Swartz

General Manager of Asset Development, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit

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Topic:

"Improving returns in deepwater through innovation, collaboration and technology"

Biography:

Jim Swartz is the General Manager of Asset Development for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit (GOMBU) headquartered in Covington, Louisiana. Jim is responsible for managing field development across all of Chevron’s operated and non-operated fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Previous management roles at Chevon include GOMBU’s Shelf Asset Development Manager as well as Asset Development Manager for the company’s Kern River Field in the San Joaquín Valley. Jim was also General Manager of Operational Excellence for Chevron overseeing the implementation of all health, environment, safety, reliability, and efficiency efforts to achieve world class performance. He also served as Principal Consultant-Strategy in Chevron’s Corporate Strategic Planning organization.

Jim graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Geology and obtained his Master of Science in Geology from the University of Oklahoma in 1990. He began his career at Chevron in 1990 as a Development Geologist in the Gulf of Mexico.

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John Dribus

John Dribus

Schlumberger Oil Field Services

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Topic:

“The Evolution of Exploration During the Downturn, and an Outlook to the Future Based on Recent Significant Global Deepwater Discoveries”

Biography:

John Dribus is the Global Geosciences Advisor for Schlumberger Oil Field Services. He is a Reservoir Geologist with over 40 years’ experience, and has worked all aspects of petroleum exploration, exploitation, and production geology. He worked five years as a uranium field geologist, and then 20 years for Mobil Oil Corporation as a petroleum geologist, including 14 years working the deep water Gulf of Mexico and subsalt province, and managing their Gulf of Mexico Geologic Risk Analysis team.

He has worked the past 16 years for Schlumberger as Northern Gulf of Mexico Data and Consulting Services Manager, and as the Global Geologic Advisor for exploration and deep water projects. He has worked deep water basins in Western Greenland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, the Northern and Southern Gulf of Mexico, Colombia, Equatorial South America from Trinidad/Tobago, Surinam, Guyana, French Guiana, Ceara and Portiguar Basins in Brazil, the Brazil pre-salt play in Santos and Campos Basins, the Malvinas/Falkland Island Basins, South Africa, Angola presalt in Kwanza and Benguela Basins, Gabon clastic presalt, Ghana Jubilee turbidite play, Liberia and Sierra Leon turbidites, Mauritania/Senegal turbidites, the Black Sea, and the Red Sea.

His primary focus has been on understanding the petroleum systems characteristics of basin fan floor and channelized turbidites, pre-salt and subsalt carbonates and carbonate diagenesis, and other clastic reservoirs of the Atlantic margin basin. His expertise is in exploration, clastic and carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, petroleum systems analysis, global deep water analogs, exploring in salt basins, sea floor and salt-related hazards, and geological risk analysis.

He is the former Chairman of the Advisory Broad of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Chapter, serves on the Imperial Barrel Award Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and is a member of the AAPG (30 years), New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS), Houston Geological Society (HGS), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

In 2013, he was recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers with the Eastern North America Region Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. In 2014, he was an invited speaker at the AAPG Discovery Thinking Forum and Playmaker Forum, and received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Section. In 2017 he was recognized by the AAPG as an AAPG Heritage Geologist at the 100th Annual Convention in Houston.

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