In the midst of a North American oil and gas production boom, energy companies must collaborate to make drilling safer and more successful in the Gulf of Mexico and around the country, a top ConocoPhillips executive told New Orleans business leaders on Dec. 10.
Dan Smallwood, ConocoPhillips manager of technology and development in the Arctic and deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offered his vision for the future of oil and gas drilling during a meeting organized by the World Trade Center New Orleans. The gathering of about 60 businesses leaders was the latest in a series of meetings highlighting corporate executives.
Smallwood said the United States has moved into the top spot in natural gas and oil production due in large part to increased drilling in unconventional shale plays such as the Bakken in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas. Renewed drilling activity in the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico could cement that standing for years to come and prompt more exports, he said.
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