CSB to Hold Hearing on Regulation of Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Practices

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public hearing, “Regulatory Approaches to Offshore Oil and Gas Safety,” on Dec. 15 in Washington, D.C., as part of CSB’s ongoing investigation into the April 20 fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers.

The hearing will bring together international regulators, union representatives and industry groups to discuss approaches to regulating the safety of offshore oil and gas exploration and production.

CSB’s board members and Deepwater Horizon investigation team will hear testimony from leading safety experts involved in offshore drilling activities from the United Kingdom, Australia and Norway. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to comment and to submit questions for the panel participants.

The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Ballroom located at 1250 22nd St. NW in Washington, D.C. The meeting is free and open to the public and also will be available via webcast. All proceedings will be videotaped and an official transcript will be published.

CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Visit http://www.csb.gov for more information.

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