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Deepwater Drilling: Recommendations for a Safer Future

Oil Platform Horizon
RFF First Wednesday Seminar
A SPECIAL INITIATIVE OF THE RFF CENTER FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS AND POLICY

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and spilling approximately 200 million gallons of oil into Gulf waters. The oil spill—the largest accidental spill of its kind in U.S. history—demonstrated significant deficiencies in effectively managing the catastrophic risks associated with drilling at new depths. In the aftermath, industry and government have begun to explore new ways to improve their capacities to adequately assess and manage risk. 

In August 2010, the RFF Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP) responded to a request from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling to conduct research to inform the Commission’s work. As a result, RFF researchers identified key recommendations to improve the safety of future operations and build U.S. regulatory practices as the benchmark for deepwater oil drilling.

This panel explored some of those recommendations resulting from RFF’s research on the risks of deepwater drilling. Read more about RFF's deepwater drilling research here.

Audio and Video
Event Audio (mp3) click to stream and right-click to download ​

Speakers
 

Moderator

Mark Cohen
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future


Panel

Richard Lazarus Executive Director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, and the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law, Georgetown University

 


Lynn Scarlett Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future

 


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