API and the Joint Industry Task Forces released the final of three reports and a progress report of the fourth. Collectively, these documents provide positive recommendations to the government on how to improve offshore safety.
"These four Joint Industry Task Forces brought together the world’s best experts and these recommendations are part of a comprehensive effort by the industry to strengthen all aspects of offshore safety, while continuing to produce energy and create jobs for Americans," said Upstream Senior Policy Advisor Holly Hopkins.
The task forces were assembled to focus on critical areas of Gulf of Mexico offshore activity following the Gulf spill: the Joint Industry Offshore Operating Procedures Task Force, the Joint Industry Offshore Equipment Task Force, the Joint Industry Subsea Well Control and Containment Task Force, and the Joint Industry Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Task Force.
"The task force recommendations added to industry programs that lead the way in implementing the strongest safety standards for offshore operations," said Hopkins. "This process draws on the collective knowledge and experience of the industry and we will continue to promote the use of the best safety practices."
Hopkins added that the industry continues to work with federal agencies and policy makers as part of its ongoing efforts to continuously improve offshore operations. The task forces worked with, and continue to work with the federal agencies involved in regulating offshore activities, the independent presidential commission (National Commission), the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), members of Congress, and others as they considered the GOM incident and potential changes in industry oversight.
"These recommendations will also help boost efforts by the newly created Center for Offshore Safety, which was put in place to guide companies to better engage in the regulatory process, adhere to independent third party audits, and coordinate the application of the highest safety standards," said Hopkins.
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