This webinar is based on a Congressional briefing organized by the Advances in Earth Science coalition (16 May 2016). The webinar brings together experts from academia and government to explain the scientific and engineering tools that enable production in challenging environments far from land or in miles-deep water. Speakers also address the environmental challenges of offshore energy production.
Offshore energy is a huge and growing resource:
- About 18 percent of U.S. oil and natural gas is produced offshore and production is growing. Globally, the offshore provides 30 percent of oil and natural gas.
- Offshore wind is also a growing source of electricity, especially in Europe. The U.S. has significant offshore wind power potential, but no commercial wind facilities are in development [2017 update: the first offshore wind project in the United States went live in December 2016 off the coast of Rhode Island].
Ongoing technological advancements assure all these resources will continue to grow while addressing heightened environmental concerns.
Our speakers are:
- Buford Pollett, Assistant Professor of Energy Law, University of Tulsa | Slides Video
- Eric van Oort, Professor of Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin | Slides Video
- James Bennett, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management | Slides Video
Resources to learn more:
- View this webinar's Question & Answer session
- U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Annual Report 2015
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2015, 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report
Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about offshore energy.