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New Report Highlights Lessons for Offshore Drilling after Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout

Deepwater Horizon This new report published by the National Academies Press provides analysis and recommendations regarding the Deepwater Horizon explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010. Eleven workers were killed and sixteen others were seriously injured in the accident. The explosion and spill had an enormous impact on the companies and families involved, the economy in the region, and the environment. The report was compiled by a committee that analyzed the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill. The 15 members of the committee were subject matter experts in geophysics, petroleum engineering, marine systems, accident investigations, safety systems, risk analysis, human factors, and organizational behavior. The committee provided a "series of recommendations, for both the oil and gas industry and government regulators, intended to reduce the likelihood and impact of any future losses of well control during offshore drilling." It was concluded that "material improvements to the management and safety systems used by the companies engaged in offshore oil development, along with enhancements to the regulatory regime can and should be made, and that such efforts will materially improve all aspects of safety offshore." Note for the reader: This report is available online for free here. You can either sign in on the website as a guest free of charge, or scroll down to the bottom of the webpage where you can view sections of the report.