As Oil Wells Went Deeper, Safety Measures Didn't Get Tougher

Publication: Miami Herald

Author: Curtis Morgan and Scott Hiaasen

05/09/2010 - Over the past 15 years, oil companies have drilled deeper and farther into the Gulf of Mexico, taking on new risks in the hunt for new deposits of oil.

Yet industry safeguards to prevent or minimize spills have failed to keep pace with the increased dangers of exploration, despite a series of warnings, malfunctions and near-misses over the years, federal studies and interviews show.


"It hasn't been as much a regulator as a partner,'' said Marilyn Heiman, a former member of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Commission who now is U.S. Arctic program director for the Pew Environment Group.

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