There was an important show last week for those involved in oil spill response. The Clean Gulf Show, held in San Antonio, provides a forum to discuss meaningful policy issues. Industry leaders, equipment manufacturers, government officials and those involved in oil spill response have gathered at this conference and exhibit for the past 24 years.
The conference advisory committee, a veritable who’s who in petroleum, emergency response and government, put together a collection of relevant, timely topics. Attendees learned about the latest in refresher courses from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPS), a keynote address from Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, Commander of the Coast Guard’s Eight District and responsible for the Coast Guard’s activities in the Gulf of Mexico and several panel discussions.
The mega session focused on the growth of oil and gas production North America is currently experiencing. Emphasizing this growth creates new opportunities for the economy; it also presents the potential for more accidental spills both on land and off shore. The conference concluded with several plenary sessions on well containment, training and exercises and the impact of wildlife during and after emergency responses.
The exhibits in the trade show area offered many opportunities to learn about the newest equipment and a “learning lounge” area was a first for the show. This provided attendees the ability to hear some unique presentations presented exclusively in the lounge. The trade show portion also provided many opportunities for networking with key people associated with oil spill response.
Of course, PT Coupling was there. Our booth featured a large assortment of products geared to the conference and show. These included our Pressure safe couplings, Secure-Lok locking system, Safety Bumps and other products from our safety line, all designed to aid in prevention and response scenarios.
All who attended came away better prepared for any emergency response related to the oil and gas industry. While it may be too late for you to attend this year’s event, you can start planning for the 2015 Clean Gulf Show. Visit http://www.cleangulf.org/ and watch information on the 2015 show.