Oil Spill Anniversary: Obama Govt Proposes New Regulation

Published By : 14 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Obama government is putting forward a new regulation that deals with offshore oil and gas drilling and is aimed at preventing the kind of mishaps that led to the catastrophic explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago. The explosion at BP’s rig went on to cause the biggest oil spill in the history of America. 

On the April 13, the draft regulation was announced, making it the third such announcement by the Obama government since the Macondo well spill. It was in 2010 that the Interior Department forced revised rules on the potency of well casings. Two years after that in 2012, the Obama administration tightened the rules on the usage of cement for reinforcing wells.

The latest regulation announced on Monday will be needed for all kinds of offshore equipment that will be used in the future. This is in keeping with the move of the administration to allow energy drilling for the very first time in a few federal waters south east of the US Atlantic Coast. The Interior Department is also going over a plan by Royal Dutch Shell to conduct drilling activities in the Arctic Ocean just off Alaska.

Allyson Anderson, who is the associate director of strategic engagement in the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the Interior Department, stated that the latest regulation is aimed at showing that such offshore drilling, with proper oversight, can be much safer than it was at the time of the accident five years ago.

Anderson also said that five years later, they have been working round the clock to regulate conditions and develop a culture of safety.
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