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David J. Hayes: Interior's New Well Control Rule "Disheartening," Rolls Back Fundamental Safety Reforms

David J. Hayes released the following statement in response to today's announcement by DOI that the Trump administration has finalized the rollback of key provisions of the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. David J. Hayes, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter at NYU School of Law and for­mer Inte­ri­or Deputy Sec­re­tary in the Oba­ma and Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tions, released the fol­low­ing state­ment in response to today’s announce­ment by the Inte­ri­or Depart­men­t’s Bureau of Safe­ty and Envi­ron­men­tal Enforce­ment that the Trump admin­is­tra­tion has final­ized the roll­back of key pro­vi­sions of the Blowout Pre­ven­ter Sys­tems and Well Con­trol Rule:

As the first Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion offi­cial in the Gulf of Mex­i­co the morn­ing after the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon explo­sion, I find it dis­heart­en­ing that the Trump admin­is­tra­tion is rolling back impor­tant off­shore drilling safe­ty require­ments for the express pur­pose of sav­ing some mon­ey for the oil and gas indus­try. The final rule that the Inte­ri­or Depart­ment pro­mul­gat­ed in 2016 came after a six year-long process of care­ful analy­sis and review, and prop­er­ly bal­anced the cost of indus­try com­pli­ance against the imper­a­tive of work­er safe­ty and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.“

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter is a non-par­ti­san Cen­ter at the NYU School of Law that is ded­i­cat­ed to work­ing with state attor­neys gen­er­al to pro­tect and advance clean ener­gy, cli­mate change, and envi­ron­men­tal val­ues and pro­tec­tions. It was launched in August 2017 with sup­port from Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it our web­site.