Late last week Donald Trump took actions to eliminate key offshore safety regulations adopted by President Obama in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the biggest and deadliest in the nation’s history.
The changes involve loosened rules for safety and pollution prevention equipment, undersea safety devices and device testing and dropping a key requirement that safety and pollution prevention equipment be inspected by certified independent auditors.
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released a statement in which it claimed they needed to cut the safety regulations was to...
“reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens,”
The BSEE estimated that the gutted regulations would save oil companies around $288 million spread over 10 years. I'm sure that will be much appreciated on top of the astounding corporate tax cut they received via Trump and company just before the holidays.
President Obama put the regulations in place following an analysis of what went wrong in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in which 11 workers lost their lives, leaked 200 million gallons of oil, killed countless marine animals and exposed Gulf Coast residents to toxins.
Trump began the process of rolling back the safety measures when he ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the safety rules back in April.
The move comes a week after the Interior Department and BSEE pulled the plug on a safety study of offshore drilling by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and greenlighted exploratory drilling operations in Arctic waters.