Washington rolls back safety rules inspired by deepwater horizon disaster

by Coral Davenport, The New York Times

The Trump administration has completed its plan to roll back major offshore-drilling safety regulations that were put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010 that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which was established after the spill in the Gulf of Mexico and regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, has finalized a proposal for loosening the regulations as part of President Trump’s efforts to ease restrictions on fossil fuel companies and encourage domestic energy production.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/climate/offshore-drilling-safety-deepwater-horizon.html?emc=edit_clim_20181003&nl=climate-fwd&nlid=8472376320181003&te=1

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