Washington, D.C. – The U.S. oil and natural gas industry has formed two additional task forces to address short- and long-term issues related to sub-sea well control, spill response and cleanup, in the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“As an industry, we are continually reviewing our practices and improving where necessary all areas of operations, especially in light of this tragedy,” said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. “We will be working across our industry, bringing together experts and specialists, to improve safety and environmental performance by learning from any gaps identified in the handling of this spill.”

The new task forces will be developed with the assistance of the National Ocean Industries Association and will bring together equipment manufacturers, sub-sea specialists, spill experts and deep-water contractors. The new task forces will interact with Congress as they develop formal findings and recommendations to improve capabilities and technologies, and present these findings to the presidential commission for consideration.

The task force focusing on sub-sea well control and response will address technologies and practices for controlling the release of oil from its source, while the oil spill response task force will review existing processes, identify gaps, and seek options to address those gaps. It will also look at planning and pre-staging of assets, mechanical recovery methods, dispersants, shoreline protection issues, wetlands protection and unconventional response technologies.

The new task forces supplement two previously-announced task forces, set up in May, which focus on offshore equipment and operating practices.

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