05 Jan '18, 10pm

As Trump Moves to Expand Offshore Drilling, He Proposes Shrinking Safety Protections. What Could Go Wrong?

As Trump Moves to Expand Offshore Drilling, He Proposes Shrinking Safety Protections. What Could Go Wrong?

But that’s not all. Trump’s Interior Department has recklessly set the stage for the next big offshore oil spill, and many more to come, by proposing major changes to our nation’s offshore-drilling rules just days before announcing plans to open up nearly all of our nation’s coastlines. If enacted, these rule changes would substantially weaken much-needed protections put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster—protections designed to prevent blowouts and to ensure the independent certification of equipment that has been known to fail, explosively, under stress. As one former Interior Department employee who helped create these rules told the Wall Street Journal recently, relaxing these protections to the degree proposed by the administration “significantly increases the risk of a catastrophic accident.”

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