Interior Official Says Administration Hasn’t Done Enough to Reform Offshore Drilling
Speaking at The Atlantic’s Green Intelligence Forum today, Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Hayes said the Obama administration has not yet done enough to reform how the department manages offshore drilling.
“No. We are in a constant reform cycle big time,” Hayes, who was the first Obama administration official to visit the Gulf after the oil spill, said. Hayes enumerated the Interior Department’s many drilling safety and oil spill response reforms and added, “We continue to be focused on the need for reform. … It’s going to be an ongoing effort. There’s no finish line here.”
Hayes said one of the problems with the Interior Department before the oil spill was that “industry expertise outpaced government expertise.” He suggested that the administration may need to set up an entity similar to the one established by the nuclear industry that “provides a place for government to pool its resources with industry and NGOs.”