Trump administration sued over offshore safety rules rollback

Ten environmental groups on Tuesday sued the Trump administration over recent changes in the Obama-era offshore safety rules put in place in 2016, in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“[The 2016 Well Control Rule] required drilling operators to implement many of the drilling practices and technology upgrades the Deepwater Horizon panels had determined were necessary to improve safety and avoid a similar disaster. [The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)] obtained substantial public and industry input, and considered a weighty amount of evidence and scientific studies in evaluating and determining the necessity of each provision in the rule for ensuring safety; in fact, it took BSEE nearly six years to finalize this rule given the substantial amount of information before the agency. BSEE ultimately concluded that the rule would reduce the risks of worker deaths and oil spills, and would provide a net cost benefit to both society and to the oil and gas industry,” the environmental groups said in the complaint to the district court for the Northern District of California.

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