Earlier, we put out the call for help diving through the many pages of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle’s call records.
Angelle gave out his cellphone number to a conference of oil and gas industry executives - an industry he is tasked with overseeing - so we were curious to see who was calling.
As was expected, Angelle has in fact spent much time speaking on the line with industry members.
MuckRock user Aaron found one such call on on page 17, writing:
“504-292-5112 Kevin F Bruce, Director of Government & Public Affairs at Fieldwood Energy. Fieldwood is purchasing the offshore assets of Noble Energy, a former client of Bernhardt’s which is on his ethics recusal list.”
Submitters Paul Galante and Spike also found many calls between Angelle and oil industry members, lawyers and lobbyists, including:
“American Petroleum Institute (lobbyists)”
“Oil company lawyer - Sara B. Glen, Senior Washington Counsel Shell Oil Company.”
“Ken Marnoch - EVP Royal Dutch Shell Oil company executive.”
“Number is associated with a company called Peregrine Energy Partners but it isn’t listed on their website. Shows up in an image search, for some reason http://peregrinelp.com/contact/”
“Lori LeBlanc, CEO Lori LeBlanc, LLC. Oil industry consultants ‘Our expertise is in advancing projects through strategic, far-reaching, and aggressive public outreach and advocacy initiatives relative to oil and gas, coastal restoration, levee protection, ports, and environmental protection projects,’ from http://www.lorileblancllc.com/about/“
LeBlanc has spoken on the phone with Angelle multiple times as Spike and Galante discovered.
“LeBlanc is simultaneously the ‘Managing Consultant’ for the Morganza Action Coalition, an environmental coalition and the Executive Director of the Gulf Economic Survival Team, a gas and oil lobbying group. Either role could prompt a call to Angelle.”
“Lem Smith, Director of U.S. Government and Regulatory Affairs, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc.”
“Juliette Faulkner, attorney. It is currently undetermined who Faulkner is representing.”
“Hogan Lovells US LLP. They could have been representing a client.”
“Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (formerly Western Gas Partners LP).”
“Tim Duncan, CEO, Talos Energy LLC. Talos is an oil company with their operations concentrated in and around Louisiana. Calls to Angelle could be made for several reasons (inspections, regulations, etc).”
“Kevin Forest Bruce, Lobbyist for America’s Natural Gas Alliance.”
“Ensco plc (now EnscoRowan), an offshore drilling company.”
“Clay Williams, PR rep, National Oilwell Varco.”
“Evan Zimmerman in Galveston, TX: Vice President & CTO of Vryhof, an Oil and Energy Company providing anchoring and mooring solutions.”
“Sandi M. Fury, Manager, Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy, Chevron North America. This is Sandi’s cell number; her desk number is 985-773-6095.”
“Cory Kief, president of Offshore Towing Inc. and North Lafourche Levee District commissioner. Politically connected, gave at least $1,000 to Friends of Scott Angelle, LLC.”
Alexander also found more calls between Angelle and Chevron …
“Sandi M. Fury, Manager of Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy at Chevron”
as well as LeBlanc, yet again:
“Lori LeBlanc, LLC. Oil and gas consulting. “We facilitate discussions between industry and government to resolve complex regulatory issues.” North Lafourche Levee District is a client, and Cory Kief has a testimonial on their webpage.”
An anonymous user found calls from a busy oil lobbyist:
“Alan Mintz Attorney/Lobbyist, Van Ness Felman, LLC Alan counsels both privately-owned and public entities, including Alaska Native corporations, the State of Louisiana, Alaska’s North Slope Borough, local and state governments, non-profit organizations, land developers, and timber companies on a variety of public land, energy and natural resources issues. Through this experience, he has developed a unique understanding of law and policy issues affecting land use, permitting, and land acquisition issues.”
Thank you to everyone who helped bring a measure of accountability and transparency to this vital environmental regulatory body. There are many more names and numbers to piece together. Look for a more detailed analysis of BSEE’s activities in the near future, in the meantime, you can continue to contribute via the link below.
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