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Platts Energy Podium provides an opportunity for newsmakers and credentialed reporters to discuss current energy issues. These events are recorded and are available on platts.com. Platts publicizes the events via the AP and other daybooks as well as in e-mails to reporters in the Washington area.


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C.R. (Charlie) Williams, Chairman, Center for Offshore Safety
C.R. (Charlie) Williams, Chairman, Center for Offshore Safety

Speakers: C.R. (Charlie) Williams, Chairman, Center for Offshore Safety
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Platts reporters and other credentialed press convened to hear C.R. (Charlie) Williams II, the new chairman of the industry-led Center for Offshore Safety, talks publicly for the first time about plans for the group.

The center was established as part of the industry's response to a call for greater independent oversight of offshore drilling operations after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Williams is chief scientist, well engineering and production technology for Shell worldwide. In his 40-year career at Shell, he has served as well delivery manager for Shell's Alaska venture. He also participated in writing industry standards for hydraulic fracturing operations, including well construction and integrity and guidance concerning water management associated with fracking. Previous to being named chief scientist, Williams was global vice president of Research and Development (R&D) for Shell.



David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Interior
Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects
David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Interior
Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects

Speakers: Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Federal Coordinator Larry Persily
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Platts reporters and other credentialed press convened to hear Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Federal Coordinator Larry Persily discuss a wide range of Alaskan and arctic energy supply and transportation issues.

Hayes was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior in May 2009. The second highest-ranking official at the department, Hayes co-chairs the secretary's Energy and Climate Change Task Force and chairs the Obama Administration's coordinating body for Arctic-related matters. Prior to his appointment, Hayes served on President Obama's Transition Team, heading the agency review process for the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency. He was also Deputy Secretary and counselor to the Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton Administration.

Persily was appointed federal coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, an independent federal agency, in March 2010. He manages a staff in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, working to ensure that federal agencies are ready to handle permit applications for construction and operation of a North Slope natural gas pipeline to the Lower-48 states. Prior to this appointment, Persily worked as an oil and gas aide in the Alaska Legislature, as an aide in the governor's office in Washington on oil and gas issues and as deputy commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue, where he assisted with oil and gas issues


Tommy P. Beaudreau
Tommy P. Beaudreau

Speakers: Tommy P. Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Platts reporters and other credentialed press convened to hear Tommy P. Beaudreau, first director of the newly created Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), share his vision for the agency and discuss his developing five-year plan for offshore oil and gas exploration as well as all offshore leasing.

Prior to being named BOEM director, Beaudreau served as a senior advisor to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director, where he played an integral role in implementing the Bureau's aggressive reform agenda with respect to the regulation of offshore oil and gas development and the reorganization of the former Mineral Management Service. Before joining the BOEMRE, Beaudreau was a partner at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.


Michael Bromwich
Michael Bromwich

Speakers: Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Platts reporters and other credentialed press convened to hear Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), who will discuss the organization's October 1 split into two agencies; the likelihood of new and expanded offshore drilling rules; and the response to criticism of the pace of permitting in the Gulf of Mexico and BOEMRE's efforts to hire staff to handle the increased workload. He will also provide an update on the status of the joint U.S. Coast Guard/BOEMRE investigation into last year's Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill.

Bromwich last year presided over the massive overhaul of the government's regulation of offshore drilling and continues to oversee the reorganzation of the former Minerals Management Service. In addition, he led the effort to strengthen oversight of oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Bromwich received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1980 and a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government the same year.


Gregory Jaczko
Gregory Jaczko

Speakers: Gregory Jaczko, Chairman, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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Platts reporters and other credentialed press convened to hear Chairman Gregory Jaczko discussing key issues facing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 2011, such as reactor licensing applications and a tight budget.

Jaczko was first sworn in as a commissioner in January 2005 and was designated chairman by President Barack Obama in May 2009. His current term runs through June 2013.

Prior to joining the commission, Jaczko served as appropriations director for Senator Harry Reid; he also was the senator's science policy adviser. He began his Washington career as a congressional science fellow in the office of Representative Edward Markey. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University teaching science and policy.

Jaczko earned a bachelor's degree in physics and philosophy from Cornell University, and a doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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