Salazar to Set Up ‘Safety Institute’ for Offshore Drilling
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that he will establish an “Ocean Energy Safety Institute” to expedite research and development of new technology and tactics to prevent future oil spills.
The move is the latest effort by the Interior Department to increase offshore drilling safety in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. Salazar has also issued a series of new drilling safety and oil spill prevention rules.
In a statement on the institute, Salazar said:
The Deepwater Horizon tragedy highlighted the importance of raising the bar on offshore drilling safety, practices and technology. The Institute would serve to coordinate and institutionalize the lessons and strategies learned from the oil spill so that the United States can stay at the forefront of drilling safety, containment and spill response.
Salazar is now looking for industry and government “partners” for the institute and hopes to get their ideas by Nov. 30.