NOIA Responds to National Acadamies’ Deepwater Horizon Interim Report

For Immediate Release:                                         Contact:  Nicolette Nye

Wednesday, November 17, 2010                             (202) 347-6900          


NOIA Responds to National Acadamies’ Deepwater Horizon Interim Report


WASHINGTON, DC – NOIA President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement in response to the Deepwater Horizon Interim Report released today by the National Academies:

“The interim report corroborates the findings of earlier investigations into the potential causes of the Deepwater Horizon accident.  With the blowout preventer currently being examined, and other investigations still underway, technological failure cannot be completely ruled out at this point.  However,  today’s findings and previous reports point to human error and a series of questionable decisions as being the leading contributing factor to the accident. 

This is precisely why it is so important to find the root cause of the accident, before mandating wide-scale legislative or administrative fixes that may not have any direct correlation to the cause. The good news is that industry has conducted its own investigations and reviews, and through the use of task forces has already begun to implement improved safety procedures and preparedness and response systems to help prevent and respond to any future such incidents.

With the safety measures already in place or underway, it is important to concentrate on getting permits for exploration moving to secure American jobs and energy security.”



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.  The NOIA membership comprises more than 270 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.




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