Last week, the United States Interior Department proposed eliminating safety regulations for offshore oil and gas drilling that the Obama administration put in place after BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to Reuters. The idea is that the move would reduce “unnecessary burdens” on the industry.
One of the safety provisions the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement plans to remove is a requirement for operators to get a third party to certify that safety devices work under extreme conditions. The proposal would also revise some oil production safety system design requirements.
Environmental groups are concerned that easing the proposed offshore drilling regulations may put the U.S. at risk of another major offshore spill. Meanwhile, the BSEE said its initiatives are in line with the Trump’s administration’s goal of “encouraging increased domestic oil and gas production by removing regulatory hurdles.”