OTC: Oil spill prevention a global issue, DOE says

05/12/2014
Matt Zborowski Staff Writer Oil spill prevention in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and around the world is an international challenge where nations must work together to avoid another major incident, said Christopher Smith, principal deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Energy, during a May 6 panel discussion at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. "We're on a playing field in which the goal posts are constantly moving," Smith said, explaining that variables such as evolving technology, changes in weather, water depth, temperature, and pressure affect drilling operations to different degrees. Operators and government agencies also have to deal with gray are...
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