GULF OF MEXICO - April 10, 2021 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Inc. has purchased 15 acres of wetlands next to the future site of its Gulf of Mexico Habitat Restoration Technology Training Center (HRTTC) in Galveston, TX. The purchase was made possible by $200,000 contributed by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at last year’s conference when the OTC also presented the Foundation with its first ever OTC Annual Dinner Charity award.
“The services provided by natural habitats are essential to living and working the coastal zone and habitat restoration is one of the primary needs in the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Zone,” said Dr. Quenton Dokken, President/CEO of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. “The generosity of OTC will make it possible for us to introduce wetland ecology to thousands of visitors each year.”
Contributions to fund the construction of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s HRTTC have been received from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Transocean. The Foundation is establishing the Habitat Restoration Technology and Training Center to facilitate job training in the field of habitat restoration and conservation. The OTC funded wetlands will be used as an “open air – hands on” classroom and education visitor center.
“Transocean partners with local communities and encourages volunteerism in all areas of our operations worldwide and we have been a longtime supporter of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and its programs,” said Dr. Ian Hudson, the company’s Director of Operations Decision Support, who also serves as Vice Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. “Many of our people live and work in the Gulf region and we are very pleased to support the construction and development of a center where educators, the community and industry can partner to enhance sustainable models for Gulf restoration and further education efforts that embrace sound economic and environmental principles.”
“The Obama Administration is committed to creating jobs, encouraging innovation and improving our nation’s economic competitiveness,” Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank said. “This EDA grant will provide initial funding support to develop the Gulf of Mexico HRTTC. The Center should become an invaluable resource in responding to natural and manmade disasters that have a decidedly negative impact on the fragile coastal systems and economy of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to providing training for recovery and restoration operations, the HRTTC will also serve as a Thought Center for assisting communities in planning for the economic and environmental impacts in their areas and sharing best practices to ensure the continued conservation management of these natural resources.”
“The Foundation plans to invest significant funds into improving this wetland area in order to display the full diversity and productivity of a coastal wetland,” Dr. Dokken said. “None of this would have been possible without the support of the Offshore Technology Conference, Transocean, and the Economic Development Administration.”
“We estimate the cost of the wetland restoration at $2 million and the cost of the HRTTC at $7 million; continued philanthropy is crucial to the success of the HRTTC capital program,” said Wayne Johnson, Chairman and Founding Member of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. “Without additional philanthropic support, we cannot fully realize the potential of the HRTTC and begin to reverse the decline of the Gulf of Mexico’s habitat.” To make a donation, visit www.gulfmex.org/support or contact Dr. Quenton Dokken at 361-882-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About OTC (www.otcnet.org)
Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world’s foremost exposition and meeting event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. OTC is held annually at Reliant Park in Houston.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):
This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. The EDA is an agency within the Department of Commerce.
About the Gulf of Mexico Foundation (www.gulfmex.org)
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation promotes and facilitates conservation of the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources through education, public awareness, research, and leadership programs. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation facilitates efforts and programs within the Gulf of Mexico and its coastal regions to achieve and sustain a high quality of life, with the environment and the economy receiving equal consideration. To help protect and conserve the Gulf of Mexico for future generations, donate to the GMF today. 85% of all Gulf of Mexico funding contributes directly to the restoration, conservation, and education of the Gulf of Mexico region.
About Transocean (www.deepwater.com)
Transocean is the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide. With a fleet of 135 mobile offshore drilling units, excluding two Ultra-Deepwater Drill ships and four High-Specification Jack-ups under construction, Transocean’s fleet is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business. Transocean owns or operates a contract drilling fleet of 50 High-Specification Floaters (Ultra-Deepwater, Deepwater and Harsh-Environment semisubmersibles and drill ships), 25 Mid-water Floaters, nine High-Specification Jack-ups, 50 Standard Jack-ups and one swamp barge.
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