BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

April 20, 2015 8:19 PM

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Five years ago today, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers. Over the course of three months, more than 3 million barrels of oil gushed into the water, killing the wildlife and fouling hundreds of miles of beaches from Florida to Texas. BP owned the rig and has paid out billions of dollars in penalties. And as we're going to hear now, safety standards in the offshore oil industry have been scrutinized, too. Jesse Hardman of member station WWNO reports.

JESSE HARDMAN, BYLINE: Louisiana's Fletcher Technical Community College has been around for decades, offering safety courses for offshore oil employees. Workers used to sit in classrooms, watch videos and take tests - not anymore.

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