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More Tweaks Than Transformation in Rewrite of Well Control Rule

The sound bites after the release of the final version of the revised US offshore well control rule suggested big changes were coming soon.

A statement from the environmental group Public Citizen said, “The Trump administration is once again putting corporate profits over safety by gutting the primary offshore drilling safety measure put in place to prevent the next massive oil spill.”

In a speech covering the administration’s record on offshore regulation, Scott Angelle, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), said that promoting “homegrown domestic energy is what we are going to be about.”

Both comments were delivered shortly after the release of the final version of a revised well control rule, which clearly is a hot-button issue for many. It drew more than 100,000 comments from the industry and citizens, many of whom sent notes opposing changes to the 2016 rule.

It sounded about as earth-shaking as regulatory reform can be. The reality, however, was more tweaks than transformation.

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More Tweaks Than Transformation in Rewrite of Well Control Rule

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

07 June 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 8

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