In Oil Drilling Reform, A Call For Science And Safety

Publication: NPR's Morning Edition

Author: Richard Harris

01/12/2011 - The federal oil spill commission's final report contains many recommendations for the nation's offshore oil and gas industry. Some recommendations call on the industry to change its ways; others call on the government to press beyond its current reforms. But one recurring theme is that everyone involved in this hazardous business needs to apply more brainpower.


Marilyn Heiman at the Pew Environment Group didn't go that far, but she praised the commission's call for a more thorough assessment of drilling in the Arctic.

"We need to have better response planning and preparedness in place to protect the Arctic ecosystem as well as the shoreline," she said.

Listen to the audio of In Oil Drilling Reform, A Call For Science And Safety and read the full transcript on NPR's Web site.

The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.

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