1 Comment

Arctic – Gulf/Carribbean Offshore Oil&Gas Workshop in Tallahassee tomorrow

I’m back in Tallahassee for the week, and tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, I’ll be convening a workshop titled, “From the Arctic to the Caribbean: A Workshop on Economic  Opportunity, Environmental Risk, Emergency Management, and International Cooperation in the Offshore Oil and Gas Regions of North America.” The workshop, a collaborative venture of the Canadian consulate in Miami, Florida State University’s College of Social Science & Public Policy, and FSU’s Interamerican Seas Research Consortium, will be viewable via live webcast (which will be viewable after the event as well).  See the attached webcast poster and Conference Program for details.

Post conference update: A video of the conference is available here.


One comment on “Arctic – Gulf/Carribbean Offshore Oil&Gas Workshop in Tallahassee tomorrow

  1. […] Given that the event was held just a few days after the Algerian hostage crisis ended and Norway’s Statoil had a major stake in the seized gas facility, it’s not surprising that the crisis was mentioned by several speakers, including Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. More interesting was that it didn’t seem to occur to anyone at the conference to use the crisis to reflect on the risks and vulnerabilities that emerge when one extends oil and gas development into sparsely inhabited, isolated ‘frontier’ zones populated by communities that don’t perceive that they are benefiting from the development. Of course, the gas facility hostage crisis was not directly over oil and gas resources: so far as I know the facility wasn’t attacked because of a conflict over who had rights to the gas beneath; rather it seems fair to assume that it was attacked because it was a target of opportunity for a group that more generally opposed Western involvement in the Sahel. But, of course, ‘Western involvement in the Sahel’ takes us right back to oil and gas. In this context, it was striking how speakers at Arctic Frontiers were unwilling to connect the dots between challenges of Arctic oil and gas extraction (and regional development more generally) and the political/logistical issues that have accompanied oil and gas extraction elsewhere in the world. Indeed, the only discussion that I can recall regarding oil and gas extraction beyond the Arctic was when speakers discussed how the success of fracking (especially in the United States) might reduce interest in expensive Arctic resources. That’s one of the reasons why I’m excited about the workshop that I’m hosting tomorrow in Tallahassee. […]

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: