OTC: Deepwater roles eyed for indies, compact wells

US independent oil and gas companies have been increasingly active and productive in the US Gulf of Mexico. And access to new areas as well as some royalty relief in existing areas will allow them to continue playing this vital energy supply role for the US in the near term.That was the message of Chuck Davidson, CEO, president, and chairman of Noble Energy Inc., Houston, speaking at the May 6-9 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Davidson made his remarks as part of a panel representing the US Independent Producers Association of America. Crowds at this year's Offshore Technology Conference May 6-9 in Houston were much heavier than this afterhours photo might suggest. Final a...

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