Oil Spill Prevention and Response
The oil and natural gas industry and the federal government have together taken great strides to enhance the safety of offshore drilling operations.
The Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) was developed for effective oil spill preparedness and response. NEBA is a valuable process used by the spill response community for making the best choices to minimize impacts of oil spills on people and the environment.
Pre-planning and preparedness as well as the preparation of a comprehensive operations plan are critical in conducting effective aerial and/or vessel dispersant operations in the event of any offshore oil spill and especially for significant continuous releases of oil. The guidance in this document is designed for use in the United States and discusses in detail response processes within the U.S. regulatory framework.
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This report discusses some of these challenges and describes how the challenges of oil spill response in Arctic conditions have been met through research, technology development and experimentation to develop effective techniques for dealing with spills.
Oil and gas wells traditionally have been drilled vertically, at depths ranging from a few thousand feet to as deep as 5 miles. Now new technology allows a drill to move laterally or horizontally under the Earth's surface, opening up a range of possible well configurations. That flexibility allows oil exploration operations to protect environmentally sensitive lands, such as wetlands or aquatic habitats, and recover the energy resources needed for our daily lives.
We follow and constantly improve best practices for safe offshore operations, including training, operational procedures, regulations, industry standards and technology. We remain committed to continually improving our strong safety record, and we take seriously our role in finding and producing energy for American consumers.
The oil and natural gas production industry has an outstanding record on environmental stewardship in the Gulf of Mexico.
It is possible to recover the oil and natural gas reserves located under environmentally sensitive lands, such as wetlands or aquatic habitats, without disrupting the ecosystem. Thanks to breakthrough innovations in drilling technology, what sounds too good to be true is actually happening every day.