DOI Releases New Offshore-Drilling Safety Rules

Law360, New York (September 30, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday unveiled a pair of new rules intended to improve the safety of offshore oil and gas drilling operations, two days after the agency announced it would soon lift the six-month federal ban on offshore drilling.

Billed as the latest steps to reform offshore drilling in the wake of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April, the new rules toughen safety requirements for rig equipment, well control systems and blowout prevention processes, as well as safety oversight at...
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