Energy firms and regulators must avoid complacency as there are inherent risks in offshore activities, said Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and other fatal incidents "are a clear reminder that risk does not discriminate. It is not isolated to highly technical, deepwater operations or high-temperature and high-pressure reservoirs, or any other type of new, frontier area," Salerno said.

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