Watching the World: Offshore safety

The offshore oil industry creates its own superlatives and statistics. Every year new records are created in offshore drilling, production efficiency, and water depth. It is one of the world's most energy-efficient industries, and its progress on environmental issues has been remarkable, if unrecognized by many.Sadly, one statistic remains stubbornly static. The number of people killed in exploration and production operations each year.The Offshore Europe 2001 Confer ence in Aberdeen recently saw the unveiling of the latest global accident rates in the industry and the number of hydrocarbon releases in operations on the UK Continental Shelf.2000 accident ratesThe accident rates for 2...

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