Republicans press Interior on status of offshore drilling rule

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Interior has already imposed new standards around testing and other aspects of the equipment, but has long said another rulemaking to require more robust standards for their design and performance is on the way.

The July 12 letter asks questions about timing, how the rule would intersect with safety upgrades the offshore industry is already making, and asks how will cost and “continuity of industry operations” be factored into the rulemaking.