US Eyes Tougher Penalties For Offshore Drilling

Law360, New York (January 13, 2011, 2:26 PM EST) -- Offshore drilling regulators are examining ways to stiffen civil penalties for safety and environmental violations, one of many offshore regulatory changes teed up for 2011, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said Thursday.

In remarks delivered before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Director Michael R. Bromwich said federal offshore regulators were considering instituting a penalty structure with more bite as they move to enact first-ever performance-based standards focused on identifying and mitigating specific risks in offshore operations, in...
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