UPDATED 7:28 AM PT — Friday, May 3, 2019
The Trump’s administration recently released its final plans to ease offshore drilling regulations. The move was announced Thursday, and will roll back many safety measures enacted by former President Barack Obama after the BP oil spill of 2010.
The repeal is seen as a win for the oil and gas industry, which has argued the strict Obama-era regulations were too burdensome and costly to follow.
“The Obama administration’s release of the 2016 well control rule had a detrimental impact on our offshore industry without any relevant improvements to safety and environmental protections,” stated Lori Leblanc, executive director for the Gulf Economic Survival Team. “Our offshore workers deserve a revised final well control rule that improves rather than undermines offshore safety.”
This comes after the Interior Department decided last month to delay offshore drilling expansion until after the 2020 elections. The new rule will take effect 60-days from Friday.