Today we noticed that the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)—the trade group representing offshore oil drilling corporations like BP—has tweaked a key word in its mission statement.
The change happened sometime after we cited NOIA's mission statement upon discovering the group was headed up by former Minerals Management Service Director Randall Luthi, who was once tasked with regulating the industry:
According to its website, NOIA's mission is "to secure reliable access and a favorable regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation's valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner." Its members include "producers of crude oil and natural gas, contractors, marine engineers, service and supply companies and others with an interest in producing energy from the nation's outer continental shelf."
Apparently no longer wanting a "favorable" regulatory environment, NOIA is now willing to settle for "fair."
Looks like the MMS, which is undergoing structural reinvention in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, isn't the only actor in the offshore drilling landscape doing some soul-searching. Find a screenshot of the old mission statement, as it appeared on NOIA's website on April 15, 2008, below the jump: