GAO report eyes offshore well containment regulatory progress

The US Department of the Interior has strengthened oversight of the offshore oil and gas industry's ability to respond to a subsea well blowout, and industry has responded by improving well containment capabilities and creating dedicated well containment organizations, the US Government Accountability Office said. But DOI has not fully documented its well containment review process or established a regular inspection process for equipment listed in well containment plans, the congressional watchdog service said in a report it prepared for Democratic leaders on the US House Energy and Commerce Committee. "Similarly, [DOI] does not have a documented process for monitoring the availabil...

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