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Oil and gas industry mourns passing of Barry Goldstein


Australia’s oil and gas industry is mourning the loss of trailblazer and regulator Barry Goldstein.

Goldstein leaves a lauded legacy within the industry following a career that spanned an impressive 45. Most notably, he acted as executive director of the SA government’s Energy Resources Division for the past 20 years.

Born in the US, Goldstein graduated from the University of New York with a Bachelors in Geology in 1975 and later from the University of Missouri in 1977 with a Masters.

Over the course of his career, he explored and discovered oil in the North Sea, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and South America.

After coming to Australia in the 1980s, Goldstein eventually became Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist at Santos before commencing his most recent role, in 2002, as Executive Director of Energy Resources for the SA Government.

Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) chair, Ian Davies, said that Goldstein made a massive contribution to the industry during his career.

“In his time as a regulator he revitalised petroleum exploration in South Australia, establishing a best-practice approach to onshore regulation that continues today,” said Davies.

“He will be remembered and respected for the regulatory systems he and his team developed, that ensure industry is held to the highest standard with regulations that are sensible, streamlined, risk-based, and based on sound technical practice.

“Whip smart and committed to industry best practice, Barry was also well-known for his sense of humour, much appreciated by all who worked with him.

“On behalf of the APPEA Board, APPEA’s employees both past and present, and a most thankful industry, we extend their deepest sympathies to Barry’s family, friends, and colleagues in the South Australian Government. He will be sorely missed.”

In 2013, Goldstein was awarded the Lewis G Weeks Gold Medal by the APPEA board in recognition of his outstanding contribution to petroleum exploration and production.

Our deepest condolences to Goldstein’s family and loved ones. As a renowned industry leader, he will be sorely missed.