Offshore Oil and Gas Oversight: Actions Needed to Address Leadership Commitment Deficiencies at Interior, Statement of Frank Rusco, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on the interior, Energy, and Environment, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 174KB]

From the statement of Frank Rusco: "As you know, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident-which resulted in 11 deaths, serious injuries, and the largest marine oil spill in the history of the United States-raised questions about the Department of the Interior's (Interior) oversight of offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico. […] On October 1, 2011, Interior completed the reorganization of MMS [Minerals Management Service] by splitting BOEMRE [Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement] into the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is responsible for leasing and resource management, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which is responsible for reviewing drilling permits, inspecting offshore drilling rigs and production platforms, and developing regulations and standards for offshore drilling. BSEE's mission is to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. […] In this context, my testimony today discusses the findings from our report being issued today on BSEE's leadership efforts in implementing key strategic initiatives to improve its (1) safety and environmental oversight and (2) internal management."

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