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IADC, Regulation, and Legislation

IADC supports House Natural Resources Committee passage of BLM Onshore Permitting Bills


The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed three bills that will eliminate delays in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) onshore permitting process. IADC supports today’s passage of H.R. 6087: Removing Barriers to Energy Independence Act; H.R 6088: Streamlining Permitting Efficiencies in Energy Development Act and H.R. 6107: Ending Duplicative Permitting Act. IADC is also supportive of the committee’s passage last week of H.R. 6106: Common Sense Permitting Act. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement: “IADC has long been a supporter of energy laws and regulations that responsibly enable the exploration and production of oil and natural gas on Federal lands. Unfortunately, despite soaring production levels in the U.S., production on Federal lands continues to ...

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Alan Spackman retires after career dedicated to offshore safety, regulations


Development of IADC HSE Case Guidelines for MODUs, update of IMO MODU code among numerous accomplishments over 27 years at IADC By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor After 27 years with IADC and 25 years in the US Coast Guard, Alan Spackman is retiring in July. Mr Spackman previously served as Vice President of Policy, Government and Regulatory Affairs for IADC before moving into an advisory role at the beginning of this year. Throughout his life, Mr Spackman has lived in dozens of locations, not only due to his own military service but also his father’s. Growing up with a father in the US Air Force, Mr Spackman lived in 21 cities, primarily in the US Southwest, including Riverside, Calif., ...

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Evolving technology, industry standards drive evolution of IADC training programs


At IADC, we believe that protecting the safety of the industry’s workforce is paramount. As an industry, our commitment to safety is always top of mind – morning, noon and night, 365 days a year. I began working in oil and gas more than 35 years ago, and like many of us who have had a long career in this industry, I have had an insider view into the changes that have been made with regard to safety. They are massive. Technology – and a better understanding of how safety equipment and role-specific training ensure a workforce that is supplied with the knowledge and information to safely perform their job functions – have moved our industry along at a lightning ...

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IADC recognizes 30 members of congress with legislator award

From left to right: Mike Bowie, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Scott McKee, Cactus Drilling; Mike Lawson, Rowan Companies; Jason McFarland, IADC; Representative Gene Green (D-TX); Representative Jim Costa (D-CA); James Sanislow, Noble Drilling; Liz Craddock, IADC; Steve Brady, Ensco; Chris Menefee, Independence Contract Drilling; Terry Bonno, Transocean; Mike Garvin, Patterson-UTI

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) honored 30 members of Congress with the first IADC Legislator Award, which recognized support for the drilling contractor industry in the 115th Congress. “The upstream oil and gas industry is fortunate to have many supporters in Congress who understand the importance of drilling for oil and natural gas – two fuels that account for more than 66% of the US total energy consumption,” Jason McFarland, IADC President, said. “We are grateful for the support of these legislators, who have made time to meet with our members to better understand the drilling contractor industry and how we operate, and who have also supported legislation that ultimately continues to enable America’s energy renaissance.” The award ...

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Operators, drilling contractors gather for IADC well control/CRM workshop


As IADC prepares to launch its WellSharp Plus well control training accreditation program, the association invited stakeholders from across the industry to a workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities for evolving and improving the industry’s approach to well control training. The event was held at the Maersk Training facility in Houston on 18 May. DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh spoke with several participants at the workshop – Jason Pittman, Principal Instructor, Drilling Simulator for Rowan Companies; David Lobdell, BP Competence Management Manager; and Paulo Bernardo Moritz, Simulation Training Specialist for Noble Corp – to get their thoughts on the importance of incorporating crew resource management (CRM) into its training, as well as the importance of investing in people and their development even in a difficult market. Watch the video for more information...

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