The Dept. of Interior's (DOI) newly created Outer Continental Shelf Safety Oversight Board released a report this week issuing recommendations on how to improve regulation of the offshore oil and gas industry. The thirty-seven page report proposes changes to DOI's permitting, inspection, and enforcement operations. It suggests increasing and effectively training staff members at the DOI's new offshore agency, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. The report stresses the importance of balancing the development of the outer continental shelf with the need to safeguard the environment.