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Oil Spill Prevention Site Launches

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 7, 2013

The oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to spill prevention and an improved response if one occurs is illustrated in a just-launched website – oilspillinfo.org – that includes information, graphics, animations and other resources for industry members as well as the general public.

More than 99.9995 percent of the oil produced, refined, stored and/or transported in the United States safely reaches its destination without incident. That’s no accident. America’s oil and natural gas companies are working to improve that mark through a number of measures highlighted on the site, including:

  • The Joint Industry Task Force – Offshore operations and safety measures came under comprehensive review after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. In each of four major sectors affecting offshore – equipment, procedures, containment and response – best practices were identified and shared across the industry to enhance safety and ensure environmental protection.
  • New technology, such as deep water blowout preventers, featured in an informational animation here.

In addition, the site contains information about the role of pipelines, oil tankers and refineries in safely handling oil, as well as spill prevention measures and response strategies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.