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Delivering offshore energy to the American people is safer than ever as a result of industry’s leadership and continuous investments in safety. The standards and regulations in America are more stringent than in any other pace in the world. And the industry will continue to develop strict standards for offshore safety to protect its workers and our environment.
In the years following the tragic events of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. oil and natural gas industry launched a comprehensive review of offshore safety measures and operations to identify improvements in spill prevention, intervention, and response capabilities. The results of that comprehensive review have included:
These industry-led intiatives have dovetailed with the federal government's response to Deepwater Horizon. In the wake of the spill, the federal government created the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which was charged with focusing on three areas of regulatory policy: 1) drilling safety, 2) well containment, and 3) spill response. Learning from the tragedy of the 2010 spill, the federal government developed New drilling safety rules, worst-case-scenario response policies, requirements for demonstration of adequate spill response capability, and stronger safety and environmental management systems regulations that reflect the best knowledge and expertise out there today.
Extensive resources have been devoted to safety, drawing on the best minds from the industry and government to build a multi-layer system, with many built-in redundancies to help prevent incidents, to intervene and stop a release that might occur, and to manage and clean up spills.
It's important to note that 99.9995% of the oil produced, refined, stored, and transported in the United States reaches its destination safely and without incident.
By learning everything that we can from past incidents, and by bringing together the resources and expertise of private industry, public agencies, and academia, the United States has established one of the world’s most sophisticated and well-coordinated spill response networks.