Proposed Changes to Offshore Drilling Rules Raise Safety Questions

2 Jan 2018   Offshore

Two offshore oil platform rigs are under construction in Port Fourchon, La. The Trump administration’s proposed changes to offshore oil drilling rules are raising fundamental questions over whether safety regulators at the Interior Department should also be concerned with promoting oil and gas production. Mr. Trump’s appointees have begun to take long-anticipated steps to ease rules put in place in the years after 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster , when a blowout on an offshore drilling rig, coupled with the failure of critical safety equipment, killed 11 workers and triggered the biggest oil spill in the nation’s history. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Friday published proposed revisions to a production safety rule that was passed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Wall Street Journal has reviewed another proposal from BSEE, not yet made public by the agency, to roll back another Deepwater Horizon-related rule, […]

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