Environmental Group Sues Over Exemptions to Safety Rule Put in Place after Deepwater Horizon

The New Orleands Times-Picayune, September 28, 2019

The nonprofit group Healthy Gulf filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday against two federal agencies and their directors for allowing offshore drillers to waive safety protocols put in place after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

An investigation into the explosion that killed 11 people in 2010 determined that among the factors leading to the disaster was the failure of a piece of equipment called a blowout preventer, the last line of defense against an oil spill. 

New regulations put into place in August 2016 stipulated how often and how long blowout preventers should be tested to ensure that they are fully functional.

The lawsuit alleges that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, also known as BSEE, have granted offshore drillers "alternate compliance" and "departures" from the new rules hundreds of times, effectively waiving some of the most crucial safeguards against blowouts.

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