The American Petroleum Institute (API) announced that Lem Smith has joined API as Vice President of Upstream Policy and that former U.S. Coast Guard Captain Russell Holmes has been named Director of the Center for Offshore Safety (COS). Holmes replaces Charlie Williams, who recently retired after leading the COS throughout its first decade.
"Lem and Russ bring unmatched knowledge and experience to the industry and will serve in key roles in advancing safe and responsible U.S. energy production," API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. "These additions support our top strategic priorities to develop and implement practices and programs that help operators perform at the highest levels, while strengthening the integration of API's advocacy efforts as we address increasingly complex issues facing the natural gas and oil industry."
Offshore energy development has never been safer, largely because of industry leadership in developing new technologies and creating a proactive safety culture, bolstered by the work of the Center for Offshore Safety. Operating as a non-profit organization, the COS promotes continuous safety improvement for offshore drilling and completions to help operators execute the most advanced safety and environmental management systems. The Center draws on expertise and input from the U.S. oil and natural gas offshore industry and the regulatory community.
API represents all segments of America's oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation's energy. The industry supports 10.9 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.