INTERIOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is poised to roll back offshore drilling safety regulations that were put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history.
A proposal by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which was established after the spill and regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, calls for reversing the Obama-era regulations as part of President Trump’s efforts to ease restrictions on fossil fuel companies and generate more domestic energy production.
Doing so, the agency asserted, will reduce ‘unnecessary burdens’ on the energy industry and save the industry $228 million over 10 years…
In April Mr. Trump signed an executive order directing the Interior Department to ‘reconsider’ several oil rig safety regulations. Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, at the time did not specify which specific equipment regulations would be reviewed, saying only the review would apply ‘from bow to stern.’
The agency will officially publish its proposed rule in the Federal Register on Friday and give the public 30 days to comment on the plan…
Environmental groups warned that reversing the safety measures would make the United States vulnerable to another such disaster.”

-Lisa Friendman and Hiroko Tabuchi, “U.S. to Roll Back Safety Rules Created After Deepwater Horizon Spill,” The New York Times online, Dec. 28, 2017