US regulator proposes scaling back offshore drilling safety rules: Report

In about 8,000 feet of water, Shell's Perdido offshore drilling along with production platform can be the globe's deepest offshore rig.

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In about 8,000 feet of water, Shell’s Perdido offshore drilling along with production platform can be the globe’s deepest offshore rig.

A U.S. regulator has proposed rolling back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which would certainly reduce the role of government in offshore oil production, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The Bureau of Safety along with Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which regulates offshore oil along with gas drilling, proposes relaxing requirements to stream real-time data on oil production operators to facilities onshore, where they are available for review by regulators, the Journal reported.

The BSEE has also proposed cutting a provision requiring which third-party inspectors of critical equipment – such as the blowout preventer which failed from the Deepwater Horizon case – be certified by the BSEE, the Journal reported.

The agency had sent its proposal to the White House budget office, the newspaper reported.

Reuters could not independently verify the proposals, which the Journal said have not yet been made public.

The Deepwater Horizon rig explosion from the Gulf of Mexico left 11 dead along with led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Oil company BP paid out around $60 billion in fines along with clean-up costs.

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