By Ben Geman - 04/20/12 12:41 PM EDT
We have already improved the testing and certification requirements for blowout preventers over the last two years. Now, with the last of the investigation reports completed, we will be proposing new rules for how blowout preventers are designed, how they must perform and how they must be maintained over their lifespans. With the help of leading technical experts and scientists, I believe we can accelerate the new rules and speed the deployment of these critical safety technologies.
The plans for new blowout preventer standards have long been in the works but it remains unclear when Interior will propose the rules.