US safety board to release Deepwater Horizon investigation findings

23 July 2012 15:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will release its preliminary findings in the investigation of the 2010 Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire during a two-day hearing that starts on Monday.

The hearings will address the use of leading and lagging major accident indicators by companies, regulators and the workforce to improve safety performance.

“The Board hopes to use the testimony gathered from these presentations and discussions to inform its analysis of the Macondo incident and future CSB investigations involving low probability, high consequence events,” the CSB said.

The first day will feature the CSB’s evaluation of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) “Recommended Practice for Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries”.

The second day will include a presentation on the Macondo incident, where the Deepwater Horizon Drilling rig exploded, killing 11 people in April 2010.

“To date, the CSB has conducted numerous interviews and examined tens of thousands of documents from over 15 companies and parties in order to examine the use of safety indicators,” the CSB said.

Earlier this year, the CSB filed a lawsuit against Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, asking the court to enforce several subpoenas for information.

Transocean argues that the CSB has no jurisdiction over the Macondo incident.

By: Bobbie Clark
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