The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to rollback a major offshore-drilling safety regulation. A move significantly weakening an Obama-era rule that was put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people and sent 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the sea, causing the worst oil spill in American history.
Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have moved to roll back regulations for companies that extract, transport and burn oil, gas and coal. Government analyses show companies will save billions of dollars in compliance costs, but the trade-off often will be adverse impacts on public health and the environment.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist who has confirmed by the Senate last month to head the agency that oversees the agency that oversees the nation’s public lands and waters, is expected to announce the plan Thursday afternoon in Port Fourchon, La, the large industrial hub that serves as the onshore base for most companies that drill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The loosening of safety and environmental regulations on offshore drilling is an effort to ease restrictions on fossil fuel companies as part of what Mr. Trump call his “energy dominance” agenda.