Drilling advances ///

Contrary to the general consensus among industry folk, federal regulators are not out to strangle offshore development. In fact, they have a vested interest in ensuring that drilling and production remain vibrant, so says one of the architects of the myriad safety and environmental regulations enacted post-Macondo. “Anything you can bring from the Gulf of Mexico means less that we have to bring from other countries, and that’s good for our country,” Mik Else, senior research engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), told the industry’s premier deepwater technical consortium. “We’re working to develop the best available, safe technologies, and provide leadership and support to the industry.”

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