Interior readies next round of drilling-safety rules

{mosads}Interior is also crafting separate rules to “usher in a new generation of blowout preventers,” according to a recent op-ed from BSEE Director James Watson.

The supposedly failsafe device failed to contain BP’s runaway Macondo well during the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster.

“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,” he wrote in The Houston Chronicle on the two-year anniversary of the disaster.

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