Interior finalizes drilling-safety rule stemming from 2010 BP oil spill

“The oil and gas industry has been operating under these enhanced safety requirements for the past two years,” BSEE Director Jim Watson said in a statement Wednesday. “Today’s action builds on the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and is part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to expand safe and responsible development of America’s domestic energy resources.”

BSEE said the final rule clarifies the descriptions and classifications of well-control barriers, defines cement-testing requirements and refines installation standards for dual mechanical barriers, among other things.

This story was updated at 9:46 p.m.