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Ed Stokes on the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference

Oil and gas professionals from around the world are converging on NRG Park this week for Houston’s largest annual convention.


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Ed StokesEd Stokes, Chairman of OTC Board of Directors


The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) gets underway this morning at NRG Park. While drilling for oil and gas in deep water is at the top of the agenda, the conference will also address other serious issues facing the industry – and the people who’ve had their lives turned upside-down because of the drop in oil prices. News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider sat down Ed Stokes, chairman of the OTC board of directors.



  • On how the conference is responding to lower oil prices: “On Thursday, we have something called ‘Open Day,’ and we’re not going to charge people that are out of work to come to OTC.”
  • On efforts to fight human trafficking: “United Against Human Trafficking has actually trained some of our staff about how to identify this…and we will take that information to the proper authorities.”
  • On OTC’s new event, “d5,” exposing oil and gas professionals to leaders in other Houston industries: “The commander of one of the space shuttles is going to be a speaker. We have the CEO of the company that has built the 3D printer coming in and speaking to us.”


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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