DOI Closes Loophole For Well Blowout, Spill Plan

Law360, New York (June 22, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT) -- In response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the U.S. Department of the Interior has reinstated a rule requiring lessees and operators of federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide information in their exploratory plans regarding oil spills, including calculations of their worst-case discharge scenario.

The DOI's Minerals Management Service issued notice of the new requirements to lessees and operators on Friday.

By law, oil companies are required to include blowout scenarios and discussions of oil spill response capabilities in offshore drilling...
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