The Interior Department issued two new safety rules today, setting what Secretary Salazar has called the "gold standard" for offshore oil and natural gas development. The new rules, which cover blowout preventers (BOPs), emergency response, well design and training, are part of the administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon accident.
- The Drilling Safety Rule codifies several requirements recommended in Secretary Salazar's May 27th report to President Obama. It addresses well cementing and casing practices, the use of drilling fluids, and strengthens the use of BOPs and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The rule is effective immediately.
- The Workplace Safety Rule requires offshore operators to have programs in place to identify potential hazards as well as procedures to reduce r... more »