Watson: BSEE to add more inspectors, engineers

04/26/2012 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will add more inspectors and engineers to strengthen its offshore-drilling oversight capabilities. "The first goal of BSEE is to ensure that the equipment is built and maintained to the right standards, that the people are trained and supported by the management, and that there is a good monitoring of these activities," said James Watson, BSEE director. The safety standards of both the industry and the government should be more extensive than merely trying to avert a repeat of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Watson added.

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