Activities of the Commissioners

 

Graham and Reilly release statement on fourth anniversary

Commission co-chairs Graham and Reilly released a statement calling for continued progress in implementing the Commission’s recommendation.  The statement is available HERE.

Graham and Reilly publish Op Ed on need to allow US to respond to oil spills in Cuban waters

“U.S. travel and export restrictions further limit spill response in the Gulf of Mexico as they prohibit U.S. oil spill mitigation companies from traveling readily to Cuba. This potential danger became a reality during the BP explosion where the delay in capping the surging oil substantially increased the damage. In the aftermath of BP, the U.S. oil and gas industry established two response teams in the Gulf. But under current U.S. embargo restrictions, these response capabilities would not be available in the event of a similar accident in Cuban waters.”  The Op Ed is available HERE

Boesch and Ulmer lead panel discussions at Resources for the Future

Almost four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, Resources for the Future and OSCA sponsored discussions on what progress is being made on restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico and whether the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon event are being applied to make drilling safer in frontier regions in the Arctic and along the Atlantic coast.  More information about the event and a video recording of the discussions are available at the RFF web site.

Boesch testifies before House Subcommittee on the Subcommittee On Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee On Natural Resources

On January 10th,2014, Commissioner Donald Boesch testified at a hearing on “The Science Behind Discovery: Seismic Exploration And The Future Of The Atlantic OCS” before the House Subcommittee on the Subcommittee On Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee On Natural Resources.  A copy of the testimony is available HERE, and a video recording of the hearing is available HERE.

Beinecke publishes Op Ed on offshore drilling

The Op Ed, entitled “25 years after Exxon Valdez, we still haven’t learned to limit oil drilling” was published in the Washington Post and is available HERE

Graham, Reilly, and Lazarus visit Cuba to discuss oil spill prevention

Senator Graham, Bill Reilly and Richard Lazarus participated in a 5-day meeting sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations along with Jason Eric Bordoff of Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs; Michael R. Bromwich of Goodwin Procter, LLP; David L. Goldwyn of Goldwyn Global Strategies; Megan Reilly Cayten (Catrinka); Vicki Seyfert-Margolis (MyOwnMed); and Dan Whittle of Environmental Defense Fund.  Read More HERE and HERE

Congress Prodded on Offshore-Drilling Safety

Three years after an investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, members of a presidential panel say Congress has failed to adopt needed offshore-drilling safety reforms and environmental protections.        Read More

Coast Guard honors Fran Ulmer at ceremony

Juneau Empire

“… Fran Ulmer Saturday received a Coast Guard District 17 coin from the district commander, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, in honor of the work Ulmer has done on behalf of the Coast Guard and the Arctic region in general. Read More

Beinecke publishes Op Eds opposing Arctic Drilling

One, entitled “Drilling in Wild Arctic Seas Threatens Cultural Traditions and Marine Life”, is available HERE, and another, entitled “Have We Learned the Lessons from Deepwater Horizon?”, is available HERE.

Graham, Reilly, and Lazarus visit Cuba to discuss oil spill prevention

Senator Graham, Bill Reilly and Richard Lazarus participated in a 5-day meeting sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations along with Jason Eric Bordoff of Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs; Michael R. Bromwich of Goodwin Procter, LLP; David L. Goldwyn of Goldwyn Global Strategies; Megan Reilly Cayten (Catrinka); Vicki Seyfert-Margolis (MyOwnMed); and Dan Whittle of Environmental Defense Fund.  Read More HERE and HERE

Commissioners submit comments on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan

The comments, submitted by Senator Graham and Mr. Reilly on behalf of all the Commissioners are available HERE .

Commissioners Graham and Reilly Publish Op Ed on Gulf Restoration in Washington Post

The Op Ed, with the online version entitled “The goal of restoring the Gulf of Mexico has been lost amid bureaucratic squabbling over BP spill fines” is available HERE.  The print version was published on June 2, 2013 with the title “The Gulf of Mexico can’t wait”.

Commissioner Boesch testifies before the House Natural Resources Committee on H.R. 2231: The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act

His testimony is available HERE and videos of the hearing and copies of all the testimony given are available HERE.

Commissioner Ulmer moderated a White House Round Table Discussion on National Strategy for the Arctic Region 

No record of these discussions is available.

Commissioners release 2013 Report Card 

On April 17th, 2013, The Commissioners released OSCA’s second report card on progress made in implementing the Oil Spill Commission’s recommendations. The 2012 Report is available HERE

 

William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership Announced

American University
The Center for Environmental Policy at American University, withsupport from corporate, philanthropic, and nonprofit
organizations, has established a William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership. Read More

 

Commissioner Reilly gave featured presentation at IADC Conference

Commissioner Reilly gave a “featured presentation” at the Environmental Conference sponsored by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)  in New York City in April. The Oil Spill Commission’s Director of Research, Jay Hakes, also made a presentation.

 

Commissioner Reilly releases new energy plan

Commissioner Reilly in his role as Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project participated in the release of the project’s consensus-based report, “America’s Energy Resurgence: Sustaining Successes, Confronting Challenges”, which provides policy recommendations from the Center’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative. Read More

 

Commissioner Boesch asked to serves as advisor to National Academy of Sciences Gulf of Mexico program

The National Academy of Sciences staff has asked Commission Boesch to serve as one of their informal advisors as they develop the work plan for their Gulf of Mexico program funded by the criminal penalties paid by BP and Transocean. Read More about the NAS Program

 

Interview with Fran Ulmer, Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission

Extensive research is being conducted in the Arctic, but there is still a lack of public understanding about its ecosystems and their rapidly changing conditions. Fran Ulmer sheds light on the Commission’s key priorities for the development of more comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Arctic’s environment, human population, biodiversity and industries. Read More

 

OpEd by Frances Beinecke : Gulf waters and oil workers must be safe

Frances Beinecke published an OpEd in the New Orleans Times-Picayune stating that: “No one pays a higher price for our reliance on oil and gas than the people along the Gulf of Mexico. The country owes them a great debt. We best honor their contribution when we stand up as one to recognize that this region is special, its people are its greatest resource, and we won’t allow either to be put at needless risk.” Read More

 

Fran Ulmer addresses “PAME Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management Systems for Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Operations”

Fran Ulmer, Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission, addressed the “PAME Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management Systems for Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Operations” workshop held on Sunday, Sept.16th, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The goal of the workshop was to inform the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) HSE project team about strengthening safety cultures in oil and gas operations in the Arctic. Her talk was titled “Strengthening Safety Cultures in Oil and Gas Operations in the Arctic.”Read More about the conference

 

Fran Ulmer presents keynote address at the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health

Her featured keynote address at the August 2012 conference was entitled “Arctic Research: How Does Health Fit in?” Read more about the Conference

 

Commission Reilly published OpEd on automobile mileage policy

Entitled “Gas-mileage policy isn’t a partisan issue”, the OpEd was published in the Washington Post. Read More

 

Commissioner Reilly publishes OpEd on Cuban Offshore drilling efforts

Entitled “Why the U.S. should work with Cuba on oil drilling” the OpEd published on February 17, 2012 was co-authored by Megan Reilly Cayten. Read More