oceana 012 offshore drilling report card
Friday will mark two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the worst accidental oil spill in history. One would hope that an accident like this would lead to monumental changes in safety regulations, but sadly that is not the case.
Today, we released a report card that grades the failures of the United States government and the oil and gas industry after the oil spill.
‚ÄúPolitics continues to triumph over common sense. It‚Äôs outrageous that so little progress has been made to make offshore drilling safer,‚ÄĚ said Jacqueline Savitz, our senior campaign director. ‚ÄúIt appears that the government has done little more than require actions that were already being done voluntarily, even on the ill-fated rig ‚Äď it‚Äôs as if they are letting the industry regulate itself.‚ÄĚ
We gave the grades based on how well the government and industry followed recommendations they were given after the spill. They received ‚ÄúF‚ÄĚ grades in most of the categories, but in three instances the government did make small but ultimately unsatisfactory efforts, earning ‚ÄúD‚ÄĚ grades.
Overall, ‚Äúboth industry and government get ‚ÄėF‚Äôs‚Äô,‚ÄĚ Savitz said. ‚ÄúWithout stronger regulations, and better inspection and enforcement, oil companies will continue to put profits over safety and there will be more problems. It‚Äôs not a matter of whether there will be another oil spill, but when.‚ÄĚ
For more information about Oceana‚Äôs campaign to stop new offshore drilling, please visit www.stopthedrill.org.