Federal offshore energy regulators held talks with several oil and natural gas executives following recent Gulf of Mexico accidents, including last week's natural gas well blowout and rig fire. The meeting's goal was to promote improved interaction about such issues, said Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. "There is broad recognition of the challenges of and opportunities in offshore drilling, and that deep water and shallow water is key to the U.S. portfolio and energy security and robust economic activity. It all carries risk," he said.

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