Top US Offshore Drilling Regulator Steps Down

Law360, New York (July 9, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT) -- James Watson, who helped implement tough, new offshore drilling rules in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is stepping down from his post as the U.S.' chief offshore drilling regulator, the U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed Tuesday.

Watson, the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement since December 2011, is resigning to take a management post at international maritime classification society ABS, which develops standards for marine vessels and offshore facilities and verifies that those standards are being met. Watson will join...
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