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Trump administration to undo oil-drilling safety rules after BP oil spill
In 2016, the Obama administration enacted a set of oil-drilling safety rules to prevent a repeat of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
By Rick Docksai
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Jan 12, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The Department of the Interior released a plan Thursday to eliminate regulations on offshore drilling that the Obama administration had enacted in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that contaminated U.S. shorelines across the Gulf of Mexico. The document, which consisted of proposals put forth by the department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, purports to "reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens."

Those proposals include loosening or removing rules for pollution-prevention and safety equipment, undersea devices, and device testing. For example, the document suggests dropping a requirement that safety and pollution-prevention equipment undergo inspections by certified independent auditors. The bureau estimates that relaxing these and other regulations would save companies $288 million over the next 10 years.

"I am confident that this revision of the Production Safety Systems Rule moves us forward toward meeting the administration's goal of achieving energy dominance without sacrificing safety," said Scott Angelle, bureau director, in a statement.

The Obama administration had enacted these rules in 2016 following the conclusion of an extensive analysis of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, in which an offshore oil well blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and releasing 200 million gallons of oil. It is the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the regulations in April. This week's proposal follows the end of the review period. It also comes one week after the Interior department and Angelle quashed an ongoing safety study of offshore drilling by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The offshore-oil proposals will be subject to public comment for the next 30 days before going into effect.