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The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has recognized several offshore operators for achievements in offshore safety, environmental protection and pollution prevention. The Safety Award For Excellence (SAFE) was presented at the 2009 Offshore Technology Conference. The award recognizes four categories of outstanding safety and pollution prevention—drilling contractor, production contractor, high-activity operator and moderate-activity operator—based on inspection and incident data from MMS district and regional offices. The 2009 SAFE Award winners are: drilling contractor—Noble Drilling Corp.; production contractor—Danos & Curole Marine Contractors, Inc.; high-activity operator—Devon Energy Production Co.; and moderate-activity operator—Noble Energy, Inc.

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