IADC Environmental Conference to feature presentations by  Hon. Willliam K Reilly, Jay Hakes and industry leaders

HOUSTON, Feb. 1, 2013 – Improving environmental performance and the impact of shale gas exploration, along with other environmentally relevant topics to the oil and gas industry, will be discussed at IADC’s annual Environmental Conference and Exhibition, 8-9 April in New York City.

A lineup of industry speakers will address new technologies and advances in emissions controls, water recycling and drilling waste treatment. Conference presenters will also touch on concerns specific to the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Brazil, along with a discussion of corporate responsibility and policy issues.

The Hon. William K. Reilly, administrator of the environmental protection agency under President George H.W. Bush, and co-chair of the national commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling will give a featured presentation.

Jay Hakes, director of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Dan Whittle, Cuba Program Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, Bill McCurdy with Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Lee Hunt, IADC president emeritus, Erik Milito of API and Heather Null of Transocean Offshore Drilling Inc, will speak on various topics regarding environmental stewardship.

Elizabeth “Libby” Cheney, global vice president of environment, health, safety, and social responsibility for Hess Corporation and Alby Modiano, president, United States Oil and Gas Association will each give keynote presentations.

This year’s conference is sponsored by Maersk Drilling, Hercules Offshore, Superior Energy Services, Clean Harbors and DNV Software and is endorsed by API, IPAA, NOIA and IPIECA.

About IADC

IADC is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil-and-gas and geothermal drilling contractors worldwide. IADC’s contract-drilling members own most of the world’s land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the wells that produce the planet’s oil and gas. IADC’s membership also includes oil-and-gas producers, and manufacturers and suppliers of oilfield equipment and services. Founded in 1940, IADC’s mission is to improve industry health, safety and environmental practices; advance drilling and completion technology; and champion responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations worldwide. IADC holds Accredited Observer status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Seabed Authority, specialized agencies of the United Nations. The Association is a leader in developing standards for industry training, notably its Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP)® and rig-floor orientation program, RIG PASS®. IADC is headquartered in Houston and has offices in Washington D.C., the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as chapters in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Australasia, South Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. For more information, visit the IADC website at www.iadc.org.