On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on workplace safety in the oil industry with Houston Public Media News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider.
Katten Muchin Rosenman Attorney and Partner Mark Farley, recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus to discuss the recent Chemical Safety Board (CSB) public hearing held in Houston. The board investigates chemical accidents and makes recommendations to prevent a recurrence in the U.S.
The Houston hearing was for a vote on the first two out of four volumes of a study the board conducted on Deepwater Horizon. In the study, it made some limited recommendations to the federal government and to a trade association for some safety improvements, Farley said.
“Two of the recommendations were delivered to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and they were recommendations intended to address what the CSB saw as deficiencies in the regulatory program about how a certain piece of equipment, called a blowout preventer, was maintained,” Farley said. “They also made recommendations to the American Petroleum Institute, an energy trade association, calling for some additional industry standards on the maintenance of that type of equipment.”
Responses to the CSB’s study have been mixed, Farley said. The board has faced a challenge in waiting almost four years after the incident.
“There have been multiple investigations into the incident, many of which were done within a year and a half, and so the CSB in many respects is late to the party and they’ve been criticized for being late and having a report that, to some, really didn’t add a lot to the conclusions and recommendations that were already developed,” Farley added.
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