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Seminar: When accidents threaten the environment

“A theoretical understanding is not enough. The lessons learned after Deepwater Horizon and other incidents must result in concrete measures,” said Finn Carlsen, Director for Supervisory Activity, during the seminar “When accidents threaten the environment” in Stavanger on 17 February.


The follow-up after the catastrophe on Macondo/Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and the Montara blowout off the coast of Australia in 2009 were central topics during the seminar “When accidents threaten the environment”.

The seminar was organised in cooperation with the Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif).

Several of the lecturers emphasised the importance of learning from incidents to prevent accidents and catastrophes from happening.

Finn Carlsen, Director for Supervisory Activity in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), also emphasised that a theoretical understanding is not enough.

”The industry needs to ensure that central lessons from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and other accidents are incorporated into the organisation and lead to concrete measures,” Carlsen says.

The lessons must be included in the company management’s focus on and understanding of risk, in governing documents, training, routines, procedures and compliance.

This must stay with the company through re-organisations, ownership changes and mergers – and it must be incorporated into the forming of regulations and the authorities’ follow-up.

Other topics discussed during the seminar were challenges in connection with cuttings injection, leak detection and remote monitoring.