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September 1st, 2010
A Meeting on the Future of Off Shore Drilling

On Tuesday, September 7th, US Dept of Interior officials will be in Houston to hear expert panelists discuss the Obama Administrationís offshore oil and gas drilling plans.  Your attendance is strongly encouraged.


Coastal communities, affected businesses and local governments have not been given sufficient time to participate in previous public meetings hosted by BOEM and make the Administration aware of public concerns.  It is important for Houstonians to turn-out and show BOEM Director Bromwich that it is time to lift the ban on Gulf development, spur economic opportunity and get this region and the nation moving again.  It is vitally important that Elected-Officials contact the DOIís Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to request an opportunity to speak and play a role in the Forum.


At a recent Forum in Anchorage, more than 400 concerned citizens attended the BOEM forum and many Elected-Officials asked for an opportunity to speak.   This was the largest turn-out of any of the DOI forums around the country.  And DOI took note.


Please tell your colleagues and Elected-Officials (State, Local, Federal) about this Forum and urge their participation.


When:  September 7th, 2010

Time:   Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Where:  Houston Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1700 Smith Street, Houston


A copy of the DOI Announcement is provided below.






Office of Public Affairs


Media Advisory




Office of Public Affairs                                               News Media Contacts: 

For Immediate Release                                                Nicholas Pardi

August 31, 2010                                                          (202) 208-3985   



Director Bromwich to Host Forums in Texas and Mississippi to Discuss Deepwater Drilling Safety, Containment and Spill Response


Experts from Academia, Industry and Environmental Organizations
to Give Presentations

WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) today announced that Director Michael R. Bromwich will hold the next two events in a series of fact-finding forums in Houston, Texas and Biloxi, Miss. the week of September 6, 2010.  The forums are designed to collect information and views about deepwater drilling safety reforms, well containment, and oil spill response, which Director Bromwich will consider in evaluating whether to recommend any modifications to the scope or duration of the deepwater drilling suspensions announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on July 12, 2010.


During these forums, Director Bromwich will be briefed by panels of experts from academia, the environmental community, and the oil and gas industry on technical issues related to deepwater drilling and workplace safety, well containment, and oil spill response.  The forums also will provide an opportunity for input from federal, state and local leaders on these same issues.


The forums will be open to the public.  Members of the public will be encouraged to submit comments via forms provided at the forums, by mail or online. 


The eighth and final additional forum will be held in mid-September in Lafayette, La.


What:                          Forums on Offshore Drilling


Who:                           Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich


When/Where:             September 7, 2010: Houston, Texas

                                               The Crowne Plaza Houston- Downtown

                                               1700 Smith St.

                                               Houston, TX 77002


                                               Doors open at 8 A.M., event begins at 9 A.M.


September 10, 2010: Biloxi, Miss.

Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center

2350 Beach Blvd.

Biloxi, Miss. 39531


Doors open at 8 A.M., event begins at 9 A.M.


NOTE:  All media will be required to provide government-issued identification and press credentials at the registration area.  Members of the media may begin arriving at 8 A.M., all cameras must be pre-set no later than 8:30 A.M.




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