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Trump administration to roll back offshore drilling safety measures

Trump administration to roll back offshore drilling safety measures”

During the Obama administration, the federal government took action to prevent another Deepwater Horizon-sized oil spill, widely viewed as the worst environmental disaster in US history.

BSEE sent the proposal to the White House Dec. 8, The Journal said.

The revision would reduce the role of government in offshore oil production and return more responsibility back to private companies.

"Instead of eliminating two old regulations for every one new regulation, we have eliminated 22; that's a big difference", Trump said.

The new proposed rules would relax obligations to stream real-time data on oil-production operations to onshore facilities, where regulators can review them, according to the report. Over the past 11 months, the Trump administration has canceled or delayed more than 1,500 planned regulatory actions, "more than any previous president, by far", the president boasted on December 14 at a White House event.

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If the proposal is approved, it would strike out a provision requiring bureau certification for third-party inspectors of equipment including the blowout preventer that failed in the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 people.

BSEE Director Scott Angelle previously said the Obama administration's response to Deepwater Horizon didn't take into account lessons learned in the industry by the vast financial burden the spill placed on BP PLC and was too broad.

Industry officials argue the safety rules are too broad, and the Trump administration appears to agree.

Despite pressure from industry groups, the BSEE will not propose changes to a "well control rule", a pressure standard drillers must maintain to prevent a well blowout.

The agency said such regulations "would increase procedural burdens and costs without giving rise to meaningful improvements to safety or environmental protection".

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