Safeguarding Your Oil Operations

The BP oil spill in 2010 placed global attention on the need to monitor the waterways and oceans with regard to safe operations of oil drilling and cargo transport. During an open-water oil spill, the response should include efforts that prevent the spilled contaminant from reaching the shore and strong efforts to minimize the impact on marine life in the surrounding area. While these cleanup efforts are ways to reduce the damage caused by a spill, the overall effect of water pollution from the oil can be prevented by following the safety and drilling regulations established by international and national entities.

Preventing Spills

For companies to avoid dealing with financial and reputational fallout from a spill, the professionals at, recommend establishing rigorous training programs. The EPA has established operation procedures and appropriate protocols that present drilling companies with best practices and expectations. These are common prevention measures that have been crafted through case studies, research, safety analysis. Conducting regular inspections of drilling equipment and employee compliance with processes is another way the EPA encourages oil companies to practice preventative measures against damaging oil spills.

It is highly recommended that drilling companies comply with legislation that requires sufficient insurance coverage that will aid in the cleanup process should a spill occur. There are many areas of cleanup that can financially ruin even the most successful business without a policy in place.