The Program will be structured in conformance with the following outline and, to the extent practicable as governed by the Moderator, conform to the following timeline:


What is MC-20 and how did it happen?


Opening Comments
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
Moderator


History of MC-20: Construction, Wells, Operational Status
9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


September 16, 2004: An Act of God
9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


Technical Surveys and Preliminary Analyses, 2004-2008
9:25 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


MC20 Sale, the Trust, and Overview of Operations to Date
9:50a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


Break: 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


Q&A
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Moderator


Response - What has TEC done?


Intervention Wells & Decommissioning Operations, 2008-2011
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


Supplemental Technical Analyses for Unified Command, 2011-2013
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Presented by Dr. Richard Camilli, Navistry Corp. and Dr. Christopher Reddy, Make Peace Environmental Solutions, LLC

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View Dr. Richard Camilli’s CV here.

View Dr. Christopher Reddy’s CV here.


Sheen Source – TEC’s Acoustical Evidence for Soils
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Richard Camilli, Navistry Corp.

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View Dr. Richard Camilli’s CV here.


Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Q&A
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Moderator


What is the current environmental impact?


Sheen Source: Sampling, Composition, and Weathering
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Christopher Reddy, Make Peace Environmental Solutions, LLC.

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Dr. Christopher Reddy is a consultant for Make Peace Environmental Solutions, LLC. His work focuses on marine pollution and communicating science outside of the Ivory Tower. Reddy has published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and holds four US patents.

Reddy earned an executive certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and was named a Kavli Fellow in 2009, 2010, and 2011, which is the National Academy of Science’s premiere recognition for distinguished young scientists under 45 years of age. He was honored with the Patterson Award, which is bestowed annually to an international scientist who leads an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service to society.

He received his BS in chemistry from Rhode Island College and PhD in chemical oceanography at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. He has testified before Congress several times and frequently briefs members of the executive branch, written over 25 opinion pieces about science and policy, and given 100s of interviews for print, radio, and television.

A first-time dad at 44-yrs old, he also writes about his experiences of being a Dad, first, and scientist, second.

View Dr. Christopher Reddy’s CV here.

 


Well Risk Workgroup Methodology
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


Independent View: Relative Impact of MC20 to GoM Resources
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Nancy Rabalais, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

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“To increase society’s awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana’s coastal and marine environments by conducting research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana’s needs in marine science and coastal resources and serving as a facility for all Louisiana schools with interest in marine research and education.”

-LUMCON Mission

Established in 1979 by the State legislature, under the Board of Regents, the primary function of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is to serve in such a role for the State of Louisiana in marine and coastal sciences. The Consortium’s mission is to conduct research and promote education in the marine sciences and marine technology, particularly where related to coastal resources and the impact of energy-related industries upon these coastal resources. These functions are performed principally at the DeFelice Marine Center at Cocodrie, on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The Consortium, as a statewide academic endeavor, serves to focus and strengthen the effectiveness of the foundational marine science knowledge needed to address the environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing Louisiana, specifically those related to coastal resources. The challenges facing policy makers, decision makers, and community leaders do not just remain; rather, their scope and complexity continue to grow as the impacts of changing climates, natural and man-made disasters, interactions between humans and their ecosystems, and the related ecological thresholds become more fully understood.

 

 


CERA Additional Intervention Wells: Risk VS Reward
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Presented by Wade Bryant, CK Associates

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Wade Bryant is a Senior Environmental Scientist with CK’s Ecological Team and comes to CK after 25 years of federal service. Mr. Bryant was a Senior Ecologist with the US Geological Survey for twenty two years and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Environmental Contaminants and the Division of Refuges. Mr. Bryant spent 4 years as a science advisor to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Prior to 2010, Mr. Bryant led integrated assessments of stream ecosystem health for a national-scale federal program. These assessments included the evaluation of effects of alterations in hydrology and stream habitat, nutrient enrichment, pesticides, heavy metals, and PAHs on the stream biota. Mr. Bryant has expertise in the design and implementation of aquatic monitoring programs, wetland ecology, ecological risk assessment, and statistical analysis/modeling. Mr. Bryant has extensive experience providing technical support to federal agencies including: US Coast Guard, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USFWS Endangered Species Program, Department of Interior Section 106 Compliance Office, and the Department of Justice.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Stream Investigation/Monitoring
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Spill Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment
  • Wetland Investigation/Monitoring
  • Aquatic Contaminants/Toxicity
  • Endangered Species Consultation
  • Statistical Analysis

EDUCATION

M.S., Biology, East Carolina University, 1988

B.S., Biology, East Carolina University, 1981

University of Florida – 1989-1993 Environmental Engineering

NOAA Sea Grant Fellowship 1992

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CK Associates Environmental Consultants –

Environmental Unit Leader – Refugio Oil Spill – Santa Barbara California
Stream Habitat Assessment and Mitigation Design – USACE permitting
Phase I site assessment and wetlands delineation (TX) – site location for industrial plant
Marsh Restoration – (LA) – Evaluated of potential environmental factors associated with marsh plant growth not meeting permit requirements.
Litigation Support (LA) – Ecological Risk Assessment related to oil and gas extraction activities
Environmental Impact Assessment – Proposed development of oil and gas wells – Gulf of Mexico.
Wetlands delineation and endangered species habitat evaluations (TX, MS, LA) – USACE permitting for proposed pipeline locations
Oil Spill Response (MS) – Environmental Unit Leader – Evaluated oil removal alternatives and represented client in negotiations with EPA and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Conducted site assessment and documentation post cleanup for potential damage claims.
Oil Spill Response (OH) – designed and evaluated oil removal procedures; conducted stream, upland, and wetland assessments for restoration alternatives
Technical review and data analysis of water, soil, and wetland sediment contaminant data post oil spill (MS). Technical review of 316b permit applications (LA) – evaluated potential impacts to fish due to entrainment.

Independent Consultant –

Taylor Energy Company, New Orleans LA– Represented Taylor Energy in consultations with BSEE and USCG- provided assessment of likely sources and transport of residual oil in MC20 block Gulf of Mexico; and technical review of Worst Case Discharge, Oil Spill Trajectory, and potential ecological impact modeling output.

General Engineering and Environmental Companies; Baton Rouge LA – Conducted wetland delineation and endangered species habitat assessment for potential chemical plant locations; litigation support related to potential environmental damages related to oil and gas extraction activities

Deepwater Horizon and Taylor MC20 Oil Spills – Science Advisor US Coast Guard oil spill response Science Team Lead – Sources and mechanisms of recurring oiling on beaches and marshes (OSAT3) Technical Expert – Delineation and recovery of submerged oil mats
Science Advisor – Impact of recovery operations on endangered species

Technical Expert – Ecological Risk Assessment potential impacts of ongoing release and available response options related to Taylor Energy Company MC 20-A Platform oil spill
Science Team Lead – Toxicity of oil and dispersants (OSAT1)
Science Team Member – Net Environmental Benefit Analysis of fate and effects of oil on beaches (OSAT2) Project manager / peer review – Application of a hydrodynamic and sediment transport model for guidance of response efforts related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Northern Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Alabama and Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1234

Technical Expert – Developed training modules to improve Department of Interior capabilities to protect trust resources (historical, cultural, and natural) during disasters.

US Geological Survey, National Water Quality Assessment Program

Contributing author summarizing nearly 2 decades of ecological research
Contributing author summarizing impacts of urbanization on stream ecosystems
Co-investigator importance of physicochemical factors to stream biological condition
Co-investigator hydrophobic organics and potential toxicity in streams
Technical Expert for USFWS TX – Endangered species consultation (Cave Salamanders) related to water withdrawal and ground water contamination
Expert Witness for Department of Justice – Federal court Birmingham AL, Illegal discharge of industrial waste

US Geological Survey Southeastern Region, National Water Quality Assessment Program

Provided technical oversight and training for water quality assessments in Southeast region Monitored projects to ensure quality assurance objectives, budget targets and time lines were met Co-investigator on first national wide assessment of endocrine disruption in fish
Co-investigator effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems (Mobile Basin)
Co-investigator effects of hydrophobic contaminants and potential toxicity in urban streams Member of the Cycle II National Implementation Team for NAWQA
Instructor USGS training course Concepts in Aquatic Ecology (Hydrology and Ecology of Wetlands) Developed cooperative partnerships with other federal programs

USFWS Division of Environmental Contaminants and Refuges

Team member – Design and implementation of nationwide biomonitoring program
Project lead – Modeling as an assessment tool in determining status and trends of contaminants Project lead – Impacts of secondary uses on wildlife refuges
Project Lead – Development of Air Quality Monitoring Strategy – USFWS Refuge System Represented U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Interagency Task Force on Monitoring Water Quality Participated in briefings of Congressional staff on impacts of changes in the Clean Water Act

Publications:

Carlisle, D.M., Meador M.R., Short, T.M., Tate, C.M., Gurtz, M.E., Bryant, W.L., Falcone, J.A., Woodside,M.D. 2013, Ecological health in the Nation’s streams, 1993-2005: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1391.

Coles, J.F., McMahon, Gerard, Bell, A.H., Brown, L.R., Fitzpatrick, F.A., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Woodside, M.D., Cuffney, T.F., Bryant, W.L., Cappiella, Karen, Fraley-McNeal, Lisa, and Stack, W.P., 2012, Effects of urban development on stream ecosystems in nine metropolitan study areas across the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1373.

Bryant, W.L. and Carlisle, D.R. 2012. The relative importance of physicochemical factors to stream biological condition in urbanizing basins: evidence from multi-model inference. Freshwater Science 31(1) 154-161.

Goodbred SL, Bryant WL, Rosen MR, Alvarez D, Spencer T. 2009. How useful are the “other” semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs); the mini-unit (15.2 cm long)? Science of the total Environment 407(13) 4149-4156.

Elise M.P. Giddings, Amanda H. Bell, Karen M. Beaulieu, Thomas F. Cuffney, James F. Coles, Larry R. Brown, Faith A. Fitzpatrick, James Falcone, Lori A. Sprague, Wade L. Bryant, Marie C. Peppler, Cory Stephens, and Gerard McMahon. 2009. Selected Physical, Chemical, and Biological Data Used to Study Urbanizing Streams in Nine Metropolitan Areas of the United States, 1999–2004. USGS Data Series 423

Bryant, W.L., Jr., and Goodbred, S.L., 2008. The response of hydrophobic organics and potential toxicity in streams to urbanization of watersheds in six metropolitan areas of the United States, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 157(1-4):419-447.

Bryant, W.L., Goodbred, S.L., Leiker, T.L., Inouye, L., and Johnson, B.T. 2007. Use of Chemical Analysis and Assays of Semipermeable Membrane Devices Extracts to Assess the Response of Bioavailable Organic Pollutants in Streams to Urbanization in Six Metropolitan Areas of the United States. USGS Scientific Investigation Report 2007-5113, 43pp.

Schmitt, Christopher J.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Dethloff, Gail M.; Tillitt, Donald E.; Gross, Timothy S.; Bryant, Wade L., Jr.; DeWeese, L. Rod; Smith, Stephen B.; Goede, Ronald W.; Bartish, Timothy M.; Kubiak, Timothy J. 1999. Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: field procedures for assessing the exposure of fish to environmental contaminants. USGS Information and Technology Report 1999-0007.

Goodbred, S.L., Gilliom, R.J., Gross, T.S., Denslow, N.P., Bryant, W.L., and Schoeb, T.R.. 1996. Reconnaissance of 17ß -Estradiol, 11-Ketotestosterone, Vitellogenin, and Gonad Histopathology in Common Carp of United States Streams: Potential for Contaminant-Induced Endocrine Disruption. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-627

Christian, Robert R., Bryant, Wade L., and Brinson, Mark B. 1990. Juncus roemerianus production and decomposition along gradients of salinity and hydroperiod. Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol.
68: 137-145.


CERA Contaminated Soil: Risk VS Reward
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by Wade Bryant, CK Associates

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Wade Bryant is a Senior Environmental Scientist with CK’s Ecological Team and comes to CK after 25 years of federal service. Mr. Bryant was a Senior Ecologist with the US Geological Survey for twenty two years and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Environmental Contaminants and the Division of Refuges. Mr. Bryant spent 4 years as a science advisor to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Prior to 2010, Mr. Bryant led integrated assessments of stream ecosystem health for a national-scale federal program. These assessments included the evaluation of effects of alterations in hydrology and stream habitat, nutrient enrichment, pesticides, heavy metals, and PAHs on the stream biota. Mr. Bryant has expertise in the design and implementation of aquatic monitoring programs, wetland ecology, ecological risk assessment, and statistical analysis/modeling. Mr. Bryant has extensive experience providing technical support to federal agencies including: US Coast Guard, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, USFWS Endangered Species Program, Department of Interior Section 106 Compliance Office, and the Department of Justice.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Stream Investigation/Monitoring
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Spill Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment
  • Wetland Investigation/Monitoring
  • Aquatic Contaminants/Toxicity
  • Endangered Species Consultation
  • Statistical Analysis

EDUCATION

M.S., Biology, East Carolina University, 1988

B.S., Biology, East Carolina University, 1981

University of Florida – 1989-1993 Environmental Engineering

NOAA Sea Grant Fellowship 1992

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CK Associates Environmental Consultants –

Environmental Unit Leader – Refugio Oil Spill – Santa Barbara California
Stream Habitat Assessment and Mitigation Design – USACE permitting
Phase I site assessment and wetlands delineation (TX) – site location for industrial plant
Marsh Restoration – (LA) – Evaluated of potential environmental factors associated with marsh plant growth not meeting permit requirements.
Litigation Support (LA) – Ecological Risk Assessment related to oil and gas extraction activities
Environmental Impact Assessment – Proposed development of oil and gas wells – Gulf of Mexico.
Wetlands delineation and endangered species habitat evaluations (TX, MS, LA) – USACE permitting for proposed pipeline locations
Oil Spill Response (MS) – Environmental Unit Leader – Evaluated oil removal alternatives and represented client in negotiations with EPA and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Conducted site assessment and documentation post cleanup for potential damage claims.
Oil Spill Response (OH) – designed and evaluated oil removal procedures; conducted stream, upland, and wetland assessments for restoration alternatives
Technical review and data analysis of water, soil, and wetland sediment contaminant data post oil spill (MS). Technical review of 316b permit applications (LA) – evaluated potential impacts to fish due to entrainment.

Independent Consultant –

Taylor Energy Company, New Orleans LA– Represented Taylor Energy in consultations with BSEE and USCG- provided assessment of likely sources and transport of residual oil in MC20 block Gulf of Mexico; and technical review of Worst Case Discharge, Oil Spill Trajectory, and potential ecological impact modeling output.

General Engineering and Environmental Companies; Baton Rouge LA – Conducted wetland delineation and endangered species habitat assessment for potential chemical plant locations; litigation support related to potential environmental damages related to oil and gas extraction activities

Deepwater Horizon and Taylor MC20 Oil Spills – Science Advisor US Coast Guard oil spill response Science Team Lead – Sources and mechanisms of recurring oiling on beaches and marshes (OSAT3) Technical Expert – Delineation and recovery of submerged oil mats
Science Advisor – Impact of recovery operations on endangered species

Technical Expert – Ecological Risk Assessment potential impacts of ongoing release and available response options related to Taylor Energy Company MC 20-A Platform oil spill
Science Team Lead – Toxicity of oil and dispersants (OSAT1)
Science Team Member – Net Environmental Benefit Analysis of fate and effects of oil on beaches (OSAT2) Project manager / peer review – Application of a hydrodynamic and sediment transport model for guidance of response efforts related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Northern Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Alabama and Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1234

Technical Expert – Developed training modules to improve Department of Interior capabilities to protect trust resources (historical, cultural, and natural) during disasters.

US Geological Survey, National Water Quality Assessment Program

Contributing author summarizing nearly 2 decades of ecological research
Contributing author summarizing impacts of urbanization on stream ecosystems
Co-investigator importance of physicochemical factors to stream biological condition
Co-investigator hydrophobic organics and potential toxicity in streams
Technical Expert for USFWS TX – Endangered species consultation (Cave Salamanders) related to water withdrawal and ground water contamination
Expert Witness for Department of Justice – Federal court Birmingham AL, Illegal discharge of industrial waste

US Geological Survey Southeastern Region, National Water Quality Assessment Program

Provided technical oversight and training for water quality assessments in Southeast region Monitored projects to ensure quality assurance objectives, budget targets and time lines were met Co-investigator on first national wide assessment of endocrine disruption in fish
Co-investigator effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems (Mobile Basin)
Co-investigator effects of hydrophobic contaminants and potential toxicity in urban streams Member of the Cycle II National Implementation Team for NAWQA
Instructor USGS training course Concepts in Aquatic Ecology (Hydrology and Ecology of Wetlands) Developed cooperative partnerships with other federal programs

USFWS Division of Environmental Contaminants and Refuges

Team member – Design and implementation of nationwide biomonitoring program
Project lead – Modeling as an assessment tool in determining status and trends of contaminants Project lead – Impacts of secondary uses on wildlife refuges
Project Lead – Development of Air Quality Monitoring Strategy – USFWS Refuge System Represented U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Interagency Task Force on Monitoring Water Quality Participated in briefings of Congressional staff on impacts of changes in the Clean Water Act

Publications:

Carlisle, D.M., Meador M.R., Short, T.M., Tate, C.M., Gurtz, M.E., Bryant, W.L., Falcone, J.A., Woodside,M.D. 2013, Ecological health in the Nation’s streams, 1993-2005: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1391.

Coles, J.F., McMahon, Gerard, Bell, A.H., Brown, L.R., Fitzpatrick, F.A., Scudder Eikenberry, B.C., Woodside, M.D., Cuffney, T.F., Bryant, W.L., Cappiella, Karen, Fraley-McNeal, Lisa, and Stack, W.P., 2012, Effects of urban development on stream ecosystems in nine metropolitan study areas across the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1373.

Bryant, W.L. and Carlisle, D.R. 2012. The relative importance of physicochemical factors to stream biological condition in urbanizing basins: evidence from multi-model inference. Freshwater Science 31(1) 154-161.

Goodbred SL, Bryant WL, Rosen MR, Alvarez D, Spencer T. 2009. How useful are the “other” semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs); the mini-unit (15.2 cm long)? Science of the total Environment 407(13) 4149-4156.

Elise M.P. Giddings, Amanda H. Bell, Karen M. Beaulieu, Thomas F. Cuffney, James F. Coles, Larry R. Brown, Faith A. Fitzpatrick, James Falcone, Lori A. Sprague, Wade L. Bryant, Marie C. Peppler, Cory Stephens, and Gerard McMahon. 2009. Selected Physical, Chemical, and Biological Data Used to Study Urbanizing Streams in Nine Metropolitan Areas of the United States, 1999–2004. USGS Data Series 423

Bryant, W.L., Jr., and Goodbred, S.L., 2008. The response of hydrophobic organics and potential toxicity in streams to urbanization of watersheds in six metropolitan areas of the United States, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 157(1-4):419-447.

Bryant, W.L., Goodbred, S.L., Leiker, T.L., Inouye, L., and Johnson, B.T. 2007. Use of Chemical Analysis and Assays of Semipermeable Membrane Devices Extracts to Assess the Response of Bioavailable Organic Pollutants in Streams to Urbanization in Six Metropolitan Areas of the United States. USGS Scientific Investigation Report 2007-5113, 43pp.

Schmitt, Christopher J.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Dethloff, Gail M.; Tillitt, Donald E.; Gross, Timothy S.; Bryant, Wade L., Jr.; DeWeese, L. Rod; Smith, Stephen B.; Goede, Ronald W.; Bartish, Timothy M.; Kubiak, Timothy J. 1999. Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program: field procedures for assessing the exposure of fish to environmental contaminants. USGS Information and Technology Report 1999-0007.

Goodbred, S.L., Gilliom, R.J., Gross, T.S., Denslow, N.P., Bryant, W.L., and Schoeb, T.R.. 1996. Reconnaissance of 17ß -Estradiol, 11-Ketotestosterone, Vitellogenin, and Gonad Histopathology in Common Carp of United States Streams: Potential for Contaminant-Induced Endocrine Disruption. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-627

Christian, Robert R., Bryant, Wade L., and Brinson, Mark B. 1990. Juncus roemerianus production and decomposition along gradients of salinity and hydroperiod. Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol.
68: 137-145.


FRACE Workshop – Additional Technical Analyses
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


Break: 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Q&A
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Moderator


Future options for MC-20


Containment: Intent, History and Effectiveness
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Presented by William W. Pecue II, Taylor Energy Company

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William “Will” W. Pecue II is the president of Taylor Energy Company LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, Pecue leads Taylor Energy and serves as an incident commander on the Unified Command that was established by the US Coast Guard, through its Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC), to direct the MC-20 response effort.

The Unified Command is composed of Taylor Energy, US Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior through the Minerals Management Service (MMS), since divided into Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Effective March 2008, Taylor Energy Company LLC, formerly one of the largest privately owned oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico, sold all its energy assets. Though no longer active in oil and gas exploration and production, Taylor Energy continues to exist solely to address the decommissioning operation at MC-20. The charitable extension of the company, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, was not affected by the sale and continues to support educational opportunities and advocate state-financed tuition programs around the nation. The lease for MC-20 expired in 2007, and the acreage is currently held by the United States.

Pecue previously served as senior vice president of operations of Taylor Energy. He previously worked for Texaco, Energy Partners Ltd, and BP.


Assessment of Past, Current and Future Environmental Risk and Probabilities at MC-20
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Presented by Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, Environmental Research Consulting 

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Dagmar Schmidt Etkin has 30 years of experience in environmental analysis — 14 years investigating issues in population biology and ecological systems, and 16 years specializing in the analysis of oil spills.

Education

  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (ecology, statistics, population modeling), 1982
  • A.M, Harvard University, Biology, 1980
  • B.A., University of Rochester, Biology, 1977

Professional Activities

  • Member Society Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Ad Hoc Panel: 2001 – present
  • Recipient US Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation: 2001
  • Member International Oil Spill Conf. Program Team: 2001, 2003, 2005
  • Session Chairman, Int. Oil Spill Conf.: 2001, 2003, 2005; Arctic/Marine Oilspill Tech. Sem.: 2005
  • Peer Reviewer, Int. Oil Spill Conf.: 1999 – 2003; Arctic/Marine Oilspill Tech. Sem.: 1997, 2003, 2005
  • Presenter, Int. Oil Spill Conf.: 1993 – 2005; Arctic/Marine Oilspill Program Tech. Sem.: 1998, 2000 – 2005
  • UN/IMO/UNEP Joint Group Experts Scientific Aspects Marine Protection (GESAMP) 1997 – 2005
  • Elected Associate Member Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society): 1979 – present

Final Q&A and Closing Comments
5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Moderator


The presentations published on this website are subject to change prior to the meeting on January 20, 2016.


LOCATION:
Louisiana State University
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Building "G"
6400 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
DATE & TIME:
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
January 20, 2016