The US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has approved IADC’s application for a travel license to Cuba to discuss safety and mitigation of environmental hazards with Cuban authorities.
IADC has been appealing to OFAC the urgency of beginning a dialogue with Cuba as the country begins to examine offshore drilling prospects. IADC explained that such drilling would take place adjacent to US waters.
The IADC delegation will brief Cuban regulatory authorities on global drilling standards and best practices, environmental protection, safety procedures, hurricane preparation and personnel training.
An overview of the prospect of deepwater drilling offshore Cuba would also be conducted.
IADC executive vice president – government affairs, Brian Petty, will discuss the Cuba trip and what IADC hopes to achieve at a policy forum held by think tank New America Foundation on 26 May. The forum, “US-Cuba Engagement in the Gulf: Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” will also feature speakers Jorge Pinon, University of Florida Cuban Research Institute; Dan Whittle, Environmental Defense Fund; and Robert Muse, Muse & Associates.
Additional information about this event can be found here.