Groups seek ways for Cuba to gain access to US spill technology

06/13/2011
Nick SnowWashington EditorWith a semisubmersible rig en route in a few more weeks to drill one of the first deepwater exploratory wells in Cuban waters sometime this fall, questions are being raised there and in the US whether trade embargo restrictions will deny Cuba and companies working there access to US spill control technology if an accident similar to the Macondo blowout occurs off Cuba.The International Association of Drilling Contractors in Houston is playing a major role. Two years ago, it applied to the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control for a license to go to Cuba and learn about offshore well management issues there but was turned down, IADC Presi...
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