Deepwater Horizon tragedy results in new focus on industrial safety

Science Government Relations staff worked with the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society to develop a slate of nominees for an Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee

Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the agency with oversight responsibility for offshore oil drilling, the Minerals Management Service in the Department of the Interior, was split into three new entities under the umbrella of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). The reorganization was meant to segregate the revenue generating interests (via a new Office of Natural Resources Revenue) from those that will govern safety and environmental oversight (the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement).

In February, APA Science Government Relations staff worked with the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society to develop a slate of nominees to submit for a recently announced Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee (PDF, 51 KB). The purpose of the Committee is “to provide advice on matters and actions relating to offshore energy safety, including, but not limited to drilling and workplace safety, well intervention and containment, and oil spill response, and to facilitate collaborative research and development, training and execution in these and other areas relating to offshore energy safety.”