A worker uses a suction hose to remove oil washed ashore from the oil rig “Deepwater Horizon”, in Belle Terre, La., June 9, 2010.
The Trump administration on Friday proposed to rewrite or kill regulations for the offshore oil and gas drilling imposed after a deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The administration said the rules are an unnecessary burden on industry, and it rolls back more energy production would encourage.
An offshore drilling group, welcomed the planned rollback, while environmentalists said President Donald Trump would increase the risk of deadly oil spills.
The Obama administration imposed tougher rules in response to the April 2010 explosion on an oil rig used by BP, called the “Deepwater Horizon”. The accident came 11 workers dead and triggered a huge oil spill.
The Obama rules required more frequent inspections to prevent oil spills, and dictated that the experts onshore monitor drilling very complex wells in real-time.
Randall Luthi, President of the National Ocean Industries Association, said in a statement that Trump administration’s rollback was a step in the direction of a reform of the regulation. He said that security experts in the offshore industry now have the opportunity to comment on the regulations and “assure the nation’s offshore energy resources are developed safely and expeditiously.”
But Miyoko Sakashita, ocean program Director for the environmental group, the center for Biological diversity, said Rollback drilling and safety standards was a recipe for disaster.
“The lessons from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and throw aside, trump is that our coasts and wildlife at risk of deadly oil spills,” Sakashita said in a statement. “Reversal of the offshore safety rules, simple deregulation, it is intentional ignorance”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.