Consequences of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ongoing
More regulations and more research are still to come on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Government and academic specialists at a Capitol Hill briefing on 17 October offered a sampling of what has been done, is being done, and needs to be done as they discussed the consequences of the 2010 disaster.
The Interior Department has issued a series of rules to establish or revamp safety and environmental management systems, drilling safety, production safety, and Arctic-specific drilling requirements.
Upcoming will be a third set of requirements for safety and environmental management systems, according to Ryan Underwood, legislative counsel at Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
The bureau also is planning to develop more improvements stemming from equipment failure reporting and equipment lifecycle reliability data, Underwood said. The agency currently is engaging stakeholders in industry to develop a better understanding of why so many bolts fail and how to prevent the failures, he said.