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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office.

Title Oil and gas management [electronic resource] : Interior's reorganization complete, but challenges remain in implementing new requirements : report to congressional requesters.

Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2012]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Fed Docs - Online Documents  GA 1.13:GAO-12-423    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (iv, 136 p.) : ill., map
System Details System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Note Title from cover screen (viewed on Oct. 26, 2012).
"July 2012."
Summary On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in 11 deaths, serious injuries, and the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Interior, which oversees offshore oil and gas activities, initiated a number of reforms following the incident to improve its oversight. This report assesses (1) Interior's reorganization of its oversight of offshore oil and gas activities; (2) how key policy changes Interior has implemented since this incident have affected Interior's environmental analyses, plan reviews, and drilling permit reviews; (3) the extent to which Interior's inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf identify violations or result in civil penalty assessments; (4) when stakeholders provided input to Interior on proposed oil and gas activities, and the extent which they believe Interior considered their concerns; and (5) key challenges, if any, Interior faces in overseeing offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf. GAO analyzed data and documents and interviewed officials from Interior and the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Gulf of Mexico states, environmental groups, and industry. GAO recommends, among other things, that Interior improve the effectiveness of its inspections through timely input of violation correction data, its capacity for categorizing oil and gas activities according to risk, and its strategic planning for information technology and workforce efforts.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note "GAO-12-423."
Subject United States. Department of the Interior -- Reorganization -- Evaluation.
United States. Department of the Interior -- Rules and practice -- Evaluation.
Offshore oil well drilling -- Government policy -- United States.
Oil spills -- United States -- Prevention.
Added Author Rusco, Frank.
Added Title Interior's reorganization complete, but challenges remain in implementing new requirements
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-12-423

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