Despite his raft of suggested changes, Salazar defended the US oil industry against some senators that called it completely unregulated.
“The conclusion that this is an unregulated industry is not correct, it is a highly regulated industry,” he said.
Interior secretary seems to be accepting partial blame for the Macondobacle.
Some of the process that failed may be the permitting as Macondo was approved without an independent environment impact and accident planning. This well started as exploration. Not a production well.
Another area this incident may highlight was final responsibility. Reads like BP owns this outright. Should the rig operator also have a veto right or show stopping oversight ability that does not jeopardize the contract and organizational relationship with the oil co? Is there no way for a driller or manager to stop an insane company man bent on finishing a well live?
For those on board who is the vested interest. What particular rules need changed and how? What new rules are called for?
Please no knee jerk reactionary ideas. That will only steer the thread south. My thoughts include forwarding or linking these ideas or this thread with regulators and legislators.