Relaxing offshore drilling rules would save industry $900 million over 10 years.
“The rule change removes the mandate that independent third parties certify safety devices ensuring effective operations in extreme conditions. Instead, oil company employees will now be allowed to examine these devices themselves.
Companies will also no longer be required to notify the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of “false alarms” that may come from safety equipment sensors. Companies will also only be required to inform officials when initial production of oil and gas begins at the site, rather than every subsequent time production starts.Zinke is officially rolling back offshore oil and gas production safety rules. “
Regulations are being removed to support Trump’s “energy dominance” goals.