Let the oil flow.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that it would propose revisions to Obama-era laws governing offshore drilling activities that were put in place following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
"I am confident that this revision of the Production Safety Systems Rule moves us forward toward meeting the Administration's goal of achieving energy dominance without sacrificing safety," said Director Scott A. Angelle. "By reducing the regulatory burden on industry, we are encouraging increased domestic oil and gas production while maintaining a high bar for safety and environmental sustainability."
The federal agency says that the amendments it plans to propose will unburden operators while offering the same level of environmental protections that were provided under the previous rules.
The BSEE pointed out that one of every six barrels produced in the United States comes from the outer continental shelf that his governed by the current laws.
"It's time for a paradigm shift in the way we regulate the OCS," Angelle said. "There was an assumption made previously that only more rules would increase safety, but ultimately it is not an either/or proposition. We can actually increase domestic energy production and increase safety and environmental protection."
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