The US government and the oil and gas industry failed to improve offshore drilling regulations and safety after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico drilling accident and oil spill, according to international advocacy group Oceana. The environmental organization, which is devoted to protecting the world’s oceans, handed down poor grades in its recently-released Offshore Drilling Report Card.
“It’s not a matter of if there will be another oil spill, but when,” said Jacqueline Savitz, senior campaign director at Oceana.
The grades were derived by assessing progress made toward addressing the key recommendations of several high-level commissions and panels created as a result of the tragic Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident and Macondo well blowout.
Out of the nine recommendation categories put forth by the Presidentially-appointed National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, government and industry received six failing grades from Oceana. The report – which can be downloaded from this post – provides further detail about the specific actions evaluated in each category.