Drilling safety committee to begin its work

“The challenge facing government and industry in the months and years ahead is to ensure that we do not once again become complacent about the risks of offshore drilling, but rather that we continue to make progress in developing state-of-the-art safety, containment and response capabilities.”

The meetings comes as BOEMRE has issued eight Gulf deepwater drilling permits for the type of project that was halted after last year’s spill. The permits have been issued under a series of beefed-up safety regulations.

But the oil industry and many Republicans have bashed BOEMRE for not moving quickly enough to expand drilling in the Gulf.