Trump To Eliminate Offshore Drilling Safety Regulations, Putting Marine Life At Risk: Report
Escalating his war on the environment, President Donald Trump is reportedly rolling back a series of safety regulations related to offshore drilling, risking permanent damage to our oceans and beaches without reducing our dependence on oil.
When oil spills occur they can bring catastrophic harm to marine life and devastating losses for local businesses. But industry officials argue the safety rules are too broad and get in the way of profits. The Trump administration appears to agree, The Wall Street Journal reports.
According to WSJ, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement earlier this month submitted a proposal to the White House budget office seeking to revise safety measures, estimating that it would save more than $900 million over the next decade.
The proposal would largely affect safety regulations that were put in place by the Obama administration after the 2010 Deep Horizon disaster, the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Big Oil lobbyists have pitched rolling back a requirement that government regulators review real-time production data from oil companies, as well as a requirement that they approve critical drilling equipment from third-party vendors, according to the report.
Trump has committed to rolling back regulations across industries, including oil and gas drilling. A provision in the recently-signed GOP tax plan allows for offshore drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Trump’s Interior Department has also stopped funding for a study aimed at improving offshore drilling safety regulations.