For Immediate Release: Friday, April 20, 2012
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 347-6900, email@example.com
NOIA Notes Offshore Industry’s Commitment to Safety
on Second Anniversary of Macondo Well Accident
Washington, D.C. – Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today issued the following statement on the second anniversary of the Macondo Well accident:
“Today marks the second anniversary of the tragic Macondo Well accident. As we reflect on the significance of this day, our thoughts are with the11 men who lost their lives two years ago today, as well as their loved ones. The weeks and days leading up to the anniversary have been accompanied by frequent reminders of the tragedy. Amid the media coverage and rhetoric, the fact remains that no well is worth the loss of a life.
“Never has safety been more evident in the offshore industry as today. The lessons of April 20, 2010 have resulted in new deepwater containment systems, a better understanding of the use of dispersants in deepwater, an increased ability to effectively respond to any future oil spills, and an industry-sponsored Center for Offshore Safety, which is poised to help shape safety innovation in the future.
“Industry leaders and federal regulatory leaders are once again communicating with each other with the common goal of providing energy and jobs to our nation in the safest manner possible. While risk can never be completely eliminated, confidence is high in both industry and the regulatory agencies that all are on the right track.
“Industry looks forward to continuing its work with Congress and the regulatory agencies to ensure the priority and focus on safety within the industry remains strong.”
NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf. NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises more than 275 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.