Two US oil and natural gas industry task forces have come up with more recommendations to the Department of Interior in a bid to have a say on how best practices are achieved following the Macondo well disaster. The American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s national trade association, said the recommendations are part of a comprehensive effort by the industry to strengthen all aspects of off-shore safety while continuing to produce energy and create jobs.
The task forces provided more than 50 recommendations, including ways to respond faster and more effectively to a runaway well and to better remove oil from water to block it from the coastline. In May, two other industry groups provided another set of recommendations. Erik Milito, API’s Upstream director, said in a statement:
We will continue to build on what has been achieved since the accident, and we must remain vigilant. However, producing the energy our nation needs and creating jobs are also important. It is time to end the deepwater moratorium that has sent many Gulf workers to the unemployment lines. People are hurting and have to get back to work.
Certainly the pressure is on the Obama Administration to lift the moratorium on new deepwater drilling and support the oil and gas industry at a time of slow recovery. API said its more than 400 oil and natural gas company members supply most of America’s energy, support more than 9.2m US jobs, account for 7.5 per cent of the US economy, and, since 2000, has invested nearly $2tn in US capital projects to develop all forms of energy, including alternatives, while reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.