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BP OIL SPILL: Trump admin aims roll back restrictions
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Trump admin aims roll back restrictions on offshore drilling put in place after BP oil spill

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 18:33
Edited time: 30 Dec, 2017 07:47

https://www.rt.com/usa/414582-regulations-offshore-drilling-trump/

The Trump administration is moving to loosen restrictions on offshore and natural gas drilling put in place during the Obama era after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published new regulations Friday, aiming to fulfil Trump’s policy of “energy dominance.” The BSEE’s proposed rule said the Obama-era regulations “created potentially unduly burdensome requirements to oil and natural gas production.”

The Trump administration is poised to roll back offshore drilling regulations that were put in place after the worst oil spill in U.S. history https://t.co/WoD72opSZx
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 29, 2017

“By reducing the regulatory burden on industry, we are encouraging increased domestic oil and gas production while maintaining a high bar for safety and environmental sustainability,” said BSEE Director Scott Angelle in a statement Thursday.

A key provision requires that government regulators review production data from oil companies in real time. Another demands that operators obtain independent verification that safety devices work under extreme conditions.

That statement was undermined by Angelle’s predecessor, Michael Bromwich. He said the regulations had not been in place long enough to determine if they were burdensome on the industry. “The argument that the regulatory burden needs to be lifted is not credible,” he said Thursday.

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