Industry continues efforts to strengthen safety of offshore drilling

04/20/2012 | San Antonio Express-News

The oil and natural gas industry is continuing efforts to strengthen offshore-drilling safety two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, observers say. Energy companies have teamed to develop offshore well-blowout containment systems, and the American Petroleum Institute has established the Center for Offshore Safety to help firms develop and improve their Safety and Environmental Management Systems. "In the event of another catastrophe -- which a lot of these moves will make very unlikely -- the world, the industry and the government all will be better prepared than they were two years ago," said William Reilly, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's oil-spill panel.

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