Caribbean "must prepare for oil spill"News // September 17, 2012
The Houston Chronicle reports that, with several Caribbean countries embracing offshore oil drilling, countries in the region should step up their abilities to combat emergencies stemming from deep-water wells, according to an industry leader and former US regulator.
The remarks, delivered by former offshore energy chief Michael Bromwich and Lee Hunt, the former president of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, came one day after a summit on oil spill response in Trinidad.
The conference brought together 100 representatives from industry, the US, and nations around the Caribbean Sea to discuss the challenge of tackling an oil spill in the region.
"This is a shared sea and a shared set of problems," Bromwich said in a conference call with reporters Friday. "Were there to be a spill event, it would not possibly be contained to one country but would quickly spread to others."
Bromwich noted the enthusiasm for offshore drilling in greater and greater depths around some Caribbean countries, such as Trinidad and Tobago.
"Things are moving forward quite quickly," he said. "The reaction has to be that if that is going to happen down the road, the country and the entire region need to be more prepared than they are now."