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On April 21, BPC Will Examine the Implications of the Tight Oil Boom on the Arctic and Ultra-Deepwater Oil Development

Monday, March 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. – With the U.S. tight oil boom headlining the dramatic resurgence in North American oil production, expectations about future oil supply have shifted from traditional OPEC oil producers to countries whose oil production had previously been declining. This virtual explosion in the production of unconventional oil has major implications for the development of all oil sources, particularly high-cost, high-risk “frontier oil,” as found in the Arctic or ultra-deepwater.

BPC will convene two panels. The first panel will discuss whether the market needs “frontier oil,” given the boom in lower-cost unconventional oil production, and will explore the infrastructure, technical, safety, and access issues associated with Arctic and ultra-deepwater oil production. In addition, the panelists will consider the geopolitical ramifications of frontier oil development.

On the second panel, participants will consider the science and safety concerns associated with operating in ultra-deepwater areas and in the Arctic. Panelists will consider the specific challenges associated with the Arctic’s unique geology and environment, and how these challenges will be impacted by climate change adaptation. This panel will also discuss the current state of disaster response and spill cleanup in both Arctic and ultra-deepwater oil production areas, while examining potential combinations of methods and practices that might safely overcome technical and environmental challenges in all frontier areas.

The event is open to the public and press. If you would like to attend, please register online here.

Stay tuned for a list of confirmed speakers and an agenda in the coming weeks. For more information on this workshop series, please visit Join the discussion on Twitter – @BPC_Bipartisan, #BPCenergy.


Margot Anderson
Executive Director, BPC’s Energy Project

Michael Bromwich
Founder and Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group
Former Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management Regulation and Enforcement

Senator Pete V. Domenici (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, BPC

David Goldwyn
President and Founder, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC
Former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State

David Houseknect
Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Jerry Kepes
Senior Director of Upstream Research, IHS Energy Insight

Richard Sears
Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Fran Ulmer
Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission


Navigating the Oil Frontier: The Implications of the Tight Oil Boom on Arctic and Ultra-Deepwater Oil Development
Session Four of the New Geopolitics of Petroleum and Natural Gas Discussion Series


Monday, April 21, 2014
9:00AM ET – 12:30PM ET
Breakfast is served starting at 8:30AM ET.


Washington Court Hotel
Grand Ballroom
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Rosemarie Calabro Tully
[email protected] 
(202) 641-6209 | @RCalabroTully

2014-03-10 00:00:00
This event was previously scheduled for January 23, but postponed for scheduling conflicts