Macondo disaster minimal compliance culture still exists
April 14, 2016
Offshore regulatory changes made thus far do not do enough to place the onus on industry to reduce risk, nor do they sufficiently empower the regulator to proactively oversee industry’s efforts to prevent another disaster like the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, an independent investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) warns.
Five years after the worst oil spill in history, the company that caused it has agreed to an historic $18+ billion settlement with the five Gulf States that were affected by the environmental disaster. The total also includes $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act penalties.
A new report from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) offers some positive news on efforts to restore and protect some of the many wild bird species harmed by the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
In a prominent home-page statement on its web site, BP said it “strongly disagrees with the decision issued today by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and will immediately appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
BP faces potentially billions in penalties for Deepwater Horizon explosion, PG&E faces actual billions in penalties for San Bruno pipeline explosion and firefighters helping with an “Ice Bucket Challenge” are serious burned by an arc flash incident. These were among the top EHS-related stories posted this week on ISHN.com.
Testimony before a congressional hearing earlier this month blamed investigative delays at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) – and the exodus of CSB personnel that’s contributing to the backlog – on poor leadership by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.
Couldn’t make it to Safety 2014? ISHN Editor Dave Johnson brings you Q&A’s with some top Safety 2014 presenters – EHS thought leaders like Kathy Seabrook, Scott Geller, Bob Veazie and John Drebinger. Those were among the top stories of the week on ISHN.com: