New Report:  DOI's Implementation of 'Best Available and Safest Technologies' Mandate for Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling


After the Macondo well blowout and Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Department of the Interior sought to improve its approach for implementing a decades-old congressional mandate that directs the U.S. secretary of the interior to require the use of technologies deemed best available and safest -- as well as economically feasible -- for offshore oil and gas drilling and production.  Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Options for Implementation, a new report by the National Research Council, identifies a range of implementation approaches for the mandate. 



Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 25.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 28 To obtain an embargoed copy, please contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail