Spill panel seeks overhaul of safety culture, regulation

Bob TippeeEditorThe report by a presidential commission studying last year's Macondo well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico calls for overhaul both of the oil and gas industry's safety culture and of offshore regulation.Published Jan. 11, the report to President Barack Obama from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling faults regulations in place when the Macondo well blew out on Apr. 20, destroying the Transocean Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible drilling rig and killing 11 workers. It also excoriates the industry."Government oversight must be accompanied by the oil and gas industry's reinvention: sweeping reforms that accomplish no less than...

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