Who We Are

The CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition is the annual event that delivers solutions for oil and hazardous materials spill prevention, preparedness and response for inland, offshore, and coastal incidents. It brings together all parties responsible for response operations from North America and beyond to hear best practices and build relationships vital to a successful response on land or water. A strong relationship between all parties is the foundation of a successful response, and CLEAN GULF has helped forge these relationships for the last 26 years.

Who Should Attend

Company Types

  • Service Company
  • Oil & Gas/Energy Producer
  • Government Agency/Military
  • Supplier/Manufacturer
  • Transportation
  • Academia/Association

Job Positions

  • Manager/Supervisor
  • Executive/General Management
  • Specialist
  • Coast Guard/Military
  • Scientist
  • Business Development
  • Coordinator
  • Engineer

Organization Types

  • Academia/Association/NGO
  • Barge/Tanker
  • Chemical/Petrochemical
  • Consultant
  • Drilling Services
  • Emergency Response/Clean-up
  • Environmental
  • Exploration/Production
  • Marine Salvage & Fire
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Pipeline
  • Ports/Terminals
  • Processing/Refining
  • Railroad
  • Regulatory
  • Storage
  • Subsea
  • Tugging/Towing
  • Wildlife

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Planning Committee

2017 Conference Chair:
Jimmy A. Martinez, Regional Director
Texas General Land Office

Rex Anderson, Vice President
Senior Emergency Management Specialist, TransCanada

Michael Baccigalopi, Oil Spill Advisor
BP Gulf of Mexico

Kayla Barnes, Environmental and Regulatory OQ Compliance Analyst
Plains All American Pipeline

Roy Barrett, President
The Response Group

Bradford Benggio, Scientific Support Coordinator
NOAA – Office of Response & Restoration

Dan Buchanan, Associate Training Specialist
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

Steven Buschang, Director of Research and Development/State SSC
Texas General Land Office

Thomas Coolbaugh, Oil Spill Response Advisor
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

Don Costanzo, Vice President
CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc.

Marty Cramer, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Patrick Cuty, CTCAC Executive Administrator, Planning & Readiness
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston

Cory Davis, Partner and Principal Consultant

Dean Davis, Project Integration Manager

Karolien Debusschere, Deputy Coordinator, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office
Department of Public Safety Services

Paige Doelling, NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC)
NOAA – Office of Response & Restoration

Michael Drieu, HSE Advisor,
Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Josh Dubach, EHS Advisor
Hess Corporation

Helen Dubach, Senior Scientist
Red Dragon Response, LLC

Christopher Dufore, Oceanographer
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

TJ Engstrom, Emergency Response Coordinator
Clean Harbors

J.T. Ewing, Regional Director
Texas General Land Office

David Fritz, Oil Spill Consultant
David Fritz Consulting

Rebecca Garcia, Chairman Education Committee
American Salvage Association

Scott Gaudet, Regional Director
Texas General Land Office

Leo Guidroz, Division Manager
American Pollution Control Corporation (AMPOL)














Niell Irvin, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Marathon Oil Corporation

Peter Jensen, Retired
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Andrew Lawrence, Naval Architect
T&T Salvage LLC

CDR John Lovejoy, Executive Officer
U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur

Gabriel Lugo, Emergency Response Manager
Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.

Pat Lynch, Vice President- Plans Services
J. Connor Consulting, Inc.

Lawrence Malizzi, Senior Manager
Project Development, OBG

Angie Martin, Vice President
Heritage Environmental Services

LTJG Keriann Mason, Assistant Chief of IMD, Response – Incident Management Division
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston

Patrick McCaffrey, Emergency Coordinator
Marathon Petroleum Co., LP

Cathy McLean, EHS Manager
Iskandia Energy Operating, Inc.

Greg Minnery, Senior Environmental Scientist, Marine Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Earth Science
Chevron Energy Technology Company

Justin Minter, Sr. Manager – Emergency Planning & Response
Energy Transfer Partners

Ralph Mitchell, Crisis & Continuity/ER Manager
BP Gulf of Mexico

Robert Munguia
Environmental Specialist, NuStar Energy

Rhonda Murgatroyd, Managing Director
Wildlife Response Services, LLC

Eddie Murphy, Training and Exercise Specialist

Keith Nichols, Ecological Program Manager
C – K Associates LLC

Ryan Nitzel, Safety Manager
Citgo Petroleum Corporation

Mike Noel, Commercial Director

David Palandro, Research Associate
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Kevin Palm, Senior Sales Manager
Southern Region, National Response Corporation (NRC)

Barbara Parker, Response Science and Advocacy Manager
Shell Exploration & Production Company

Frank Paskewich
President, Clean Gulf Associates

Bob Patterson, Associate Managing Director
PetroChem, Witt O'Brien's














Pat Peavler, Emergency Response Manager
Cobalt International Energy, Inc.

LTJG Scott Perrygo, Planning Department Assistant Chief
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston

David Pertuz, Senior Emergency Response Specialist
Shell Exploration & Production Company

Gary Petrae, Senior Preparedness Analyst
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Chris Pfeifer, Senior Consultant | Principal

CDR Zachary Pickett, Port Preparedness Planner
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi

Greg Pollock, Director
Texas General Land Office

Kenny Rhame, Chief Information Officer
The Response Group

Larry Rowland, Business Development Manager
GHD Services, Inc.

Michael Sams, Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor
U.S. Coast Guard 8th District

Roger Scheuermann, Special Projects Advisor

Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director
The Wildlife Center of Texas

James Shuler, Emergency Response and Security Manager
Energy Transfer Partners

Robert Simmons, President
Environmental Science Services

Bryant Smalley, Federal On-Scene Coordinator
U.S. EPA, Region 6

Elliott Taylor, Principal
Polaris Applied Sciences

John Temperilli, Crisis Management Consultant

Shaw Thompson, President
OMI Environmental Solutions

Andy Tirpak, State of Texas Natural Resource Trustee
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Kevin Voisin, Chief Operating Officer
Forefront Emergency Management

Christopher Wiatrek, Emergency Management
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Jon Wickersham, ER Program Specialist
Colonial Pipeline Company

Kelly Wilson, CEM Manager
Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Eric Zimmer, CEO
SWS Environmental Services














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Registration & Pricing
(Ends May 26)
Early Bird
(May 27 – August 18)
(August 19- November 3)
(November 4 – December 3)
(Starts December 4)
Full Conference $599 $699 $849 $899 $949
Full Conference – Government  $299 $349 $449 $499 $549
Full Conference – Exhibitor $399 $449 $499 $549 $599
Expo Only – Supplier/Manufacturer or Service Company $199 $249 $279 $299 $299
Expo Only – Energy Producer, Transportation, Gov't and Academia $99 $149 $179 $199 $199
Workshop Only* $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Booth Staff $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

*Some workshops have a cost associated with them. All Full Conference registration categories include the 2.5-day conference, 2 receptions, 2 lunches, and access to the 2-day exhibition, and the conference archives following the conclusion of the conference.


(Ends May 26)
Early Bird
(May 27 – August 18)
(August 19- November 3)
(November 4 – December 3)
(Starts December 4)
Unlimited Plan $7,800 $8,400 $8,900 $8,900 $8,900
Corporate Plan (10 full conference attendees) $3,600 $4,200 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Plant Pack (5 full conference attendees) $1,800 $2,100 $2,500 $2,700 $2,900

To discuss a registration package that is customized to fit your needs, please contact Jill Dean at 713-343-1880 or jdean@accessintel.com. Group registration options are not limited to what is displayed above.  We can work together to build a package that best fits your company’s budget and training goals.  

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Justify Attendance

The education you will receive at CLEAN GULF is extremely beneficial, though you may need to validate to management your reasons for wanting to attend.  

In order to help with with the approval process, CLEAN GULF has compiled this conference justification toolkit. We have included several helpful items, including a customized sample letter to management.  

Sample Letter To Management
Sample Letter To Management_Justification Tool Kit
Sample Trip Report

It is important that you show management the value of attending the CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition.  We recommend you highlight the sessions you will attend, the companies you will visit in the exhibit hall, and the continuing education credits you will earn.  

Here are a few ideas to include when compiling your request of attendance:

Conference Materials:  Offer to share lessons-learned with your co-workers.  Bring home your conference materials and share your experience with your team.

Conference Sessions: Highlight the conference sessions most applicable to your job.  Bring the highlighted program to management to reinforce the value your attendance will bring to your company.  

Speaker Line-up:  CLEAN GULF attracts key stakeholders to speak. You will have direct access to these industry experts since Information sharing, question-answer sessions and networking are a vital part of the CLEAN GULF experience.

Networking Opportunities:  Interact with a group of responders, regulators, equipment providers, operators and environmental groups who share your same goals. Contacts you make through networking can be invaluable once you return to work and can provide insight in future endeavors at work for years to come. 

Attendee Certification: Customized certificates are available to verify conference attendance and session participation.  These certificates may be included in personnel files to show training/education completion.  

Exhibitor Line-Up:  Between conference sessions, the education continues on the exhibit floor.  Exhibitors are there to learn about your day-to-day challenges and discuss solutions.  Bring back potential solutions to management that can help your company's role in spill prevention, preparedness, and response. 

Cost-Saving Features:  We understand that spending up to three days away from your job can be expensive, so we've worked to bring you savings wherever possible.

  • Group Discounts: If more than one person from you company is interested in attending, contact Jill Dean to set up a discounted group registration package. 
  • Hotel Discount:  CLEAN GULF has secured a discounted hotel rate at the Hilton Americas Houston for its attendees. Learn more here 
  • Airline Discounts:  CLEAN GULF has secured discounts on airfire with United Airlines and Delta.  Visit our Hotel & Travel page to learn more

Sample Trip Report: Create a trip report after the conference. This report should discuss the sessions you have attended and how you will apply those concepts to your job. Once your supervisor sees how much you have learned during the week and how it can be applied in your facility, they will be more likely to send you to a conference again. Click here for a sample trip report that may be used when presenting your request.


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Frequently Asked Questions

CLEAN GULF 2017 will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The registration and exhibition will be at Hall D, and conference sessions will take place in meeting rooms 340-352 on level 3 of the convention center.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

South Avenida Garage (Hilton Americas-Houston) parking garage connected by a Level 2 skywalk to the convention center – up to $24 daily

Avenida North Garage (Partnership Tower) connected by a Level 2 skywalk to the convention center – up to $24 daily

Avenida Central Garage (Discovery Green underground parking facility) across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center – up to $18

Tundra Garage (by Toyota Center) – ranges from $5 to $10 on non-game/ concert days

In addition, there are privately owned surface parking lots and garages with rates that vary from $10 to $30.

Parking Garages’ Addresses:

  • Avenida South Garage, 1710 Polk Street
  • Avenida North Garage, 701 Avenida de las Americas
  • Avenida Central Garage, 1002 Avenida de las Americas
  • Tundra Garage, 1506 Jackson Street

You can find the 2017 registration categories and prices here.

Group discounts are available for 5 or more full conference passes from one company. Click here for more information.

A full conference pass gives you access to all of our general sessions, conference sessions, lunch, and the exhibit hall. An expo only pass just provides access to the general sessions and exhibit hall.

Customized certificates are available to verify conference attendance and session participation. These certificates may be included in personnel files to show training/education courses completed. For more information on Certificates of Completion, click here.

To obtain an Official Letter of Invitation for your visa process, please complete the form here. If you have questions or need further assistance, please email Cassie Davie.

Badges can be picked up during open registration hours onsite at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in front of Hall D.

The exhibition will be open on Wednesday, December 6 from 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM and Thursday, December 7 from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM 

The dress code for CLEAN GULF is business casual.

The cancellation deadline is October 27, 2017. Cancellations must be made in writing by October 27, 2017 to receive a refund, minus a $95 cancellation fee. Registrations who do not cancel prior to October 27, 2017 will be liable for the full registration fee. Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation. If for any reason, Access Intelligence decides to cancel or postpone this event, Access Intelligence is not responsible for covering airfare and other travel costs incurred by registrants. No refunds will be processed prior to the event. Refunds due to registrant error will be subject to a $75 processing fee.

CLEAN GULF 2018 will be November 13-15, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

The Exhibitor Service Manual will be available by July 2017.

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George R. Brown Convention Center   Hall D
Houston, TX

December 5-7, 2017

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