Mexico's Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico

Mexico’s energy reform has set the stage for significant changes in exploration and development activity in Mexican waters, and the opportunities for collaborative engagement with existing offshore players in U.S. waters could define how oil and gas is developed and produced in the Gulf of Mexico for years to come. This daylong conference focused on the latest developments and emerging opportunities in offshore oil and gas regulation, safety and environmental protection. There was discussion of the state of reform efforts in Mexico, the potential impact of these reforms on the recently approved transboundary hydrocarbon agreement, the reforms as a catalyst for transboundary cooperation in oil and gas, the prospect of common safety and environmental expectations, and emerging regulatory opportunities.

The conference was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and Mexico Center, in conjunction with the American Petroleum Institute, the Center for Offshore Safety, the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

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8:00 am    

Registration and Coffee

8:30 am    


Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Duncan Wood, Ph.D., Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

8:50 am    

Energy Reform in Mexico: Current Status and Impacts on Offshore Production

Facilitator: Duncan Wood, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Implementing Mexico's Energy Reform” 
Luis Fernando Herrera Fallas, Deputy General Director of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy, Mexico

Regulatory Reforms in Mexico: Energy Production and Environmental Protection
Carlos de Regules, Executive Director, National Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment of Mexico

Energy Reform in Mexico: PEMEX and Its New Role as a State-Owned Enterprise
Fernando Cano-Lasa, Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs; and Former Vice President of Legal and Strategy, PEMEX Procurement International Inc.

Q&A and Discussion

10:10 am    

Coffee Break

10:25 am     

Transboundary Hydrocarbon Issues: Exploration, Production and Spill Response

Facilitator: Larry D. McKinney, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The Transboundary Hydrocarbon Treaty: International Legal Issues
Richard J. McLaughlin, Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Policy and Law, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Law School; and Affiliated Scholar, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston

Status of U.S. Policies: Leasing and Developing Hydrocarbons in Transboundary Areas
Robert Sebastian, Special Assistant to the Chief, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Transboundary Spill Preparedness and Response: U.S. Perspective
Scott Lundgren, Technical Advisor and Deputy Chief, Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy, United States Coast Guard

Transboundary Safety and Enforcement: U.S. Perspective
Doug Morris, Chief, Office of Offshore and Regulatory Programs, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Q&A and Discussion


Keynote Luncheon

Philip B. Smith
General Manager, Emergency Management and Deepwater Regulatory Affairs, Shell

1:30 pm    

The Role of Mexico's Energy Reforms as a Catalyst for Cooperative Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico

Facilitator: Kenneth B. Medlock III, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Opportunities for Improving Collaboration in Developing Common Safety and Environmental Standards
Charlie Williams, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety

Using Technology to Enhance Conventional Oil Spill Response Tools
Judith Roos, Vice President for Marketing, Customer Services and Corporate Relations, Marine Spill Response Corporation

The Role of Industry Standards in Improving Offshore Safety
David Miller, Director of Standards, American Petroleum Institute

Q&A and Discussion

2:45 pm    

Closing Remarks

3:00 pm    

Conference Adjourns





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Thu, Feb. 12, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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