Texas News

News > Texas News > Oil regulators failed to plan for new hazards, officials say

Oil regulators failed to plan for new hazards, officials say

While oil and gas companies have pushed the frontiers of offshore drilling into deeper, more dangerous waters over the last decade, their government watchdogs stayed behind in the shallows, clinging to long-standing practices and failing to plan for new hazards, according to scores of federal documents and interviews with government officials and outside auditors.

So when the Deepwater Horizon barge, leased by BP, exploded April 20 and 5,000 barrels of oil started flowing daily into the Gulf of Mexico, neither the oil companies nor their regulators in the Interior Department were ready.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-oilregs_10nat.ART.State.Edition1.4c88da6.html
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Charles Simpson, 48, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex...
Friends and neighbors describe the man who authorities say randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood as...
Initial funding has been approved for a $105 million redevelopment of the Houston Astrodome that would include...
A South Texas woman must serve 30 years in prison for a baby-sitting scam in which she recorded her convicted sex...
A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500...