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Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety Rules

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The BSEE proposes eliminating regulations that were put in place in response to the deadliest offshore drilling disaster in U.S. history

The oil and gas industry is poised to save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade thanks to a rollback of offshore drilling safety regulations that have been proposed by the Trump administration—including the elimination of the word “safe” from one rule.

The rules in question were put in place following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010, which killed 11 people, injured 16, and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Siding with the fossil fuel industry, which has complained safety regulations are overly broad, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has proposed scrapping or changing some major requirements, according to the Wall Street Journal. The rules to be changed include one that orders companies to take steps to prevent oil-well blowouts, part of what caused British Petroleum’s (BP) Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The BSEE argued that the word “safe” should be taken out of the rule, to stop regulators from “interpreting the term in a way to withhold certain drilling permits.”

The bureau also proposed eliminating a rule that requires a third party to inspect drilling equipment, like the blowout preventor which failed just before the BP explosion.

The rollback “is literally going back to business as usual,” a former federal official told the Journal, which obtained the BSEE’s proposal.

The oil and gas industry is expected to save about $900 million over the next decade if the proposal is adopted. Fossil fuel companies rake in more than $100 billion in revenue per year, making the annual savings comparatively minor—but as critics and politicians pointed out on social media, the elimination of the Obama-era safety regulations could cost lives as the BP disaster did.

26 Comments on "Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety Rules"

  1. Makati1 on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 7:03 pm 

    The US is getting desperate to survive. All bets are off as to how long they can keep all of the balls in the air. I doubt it will be long now.

  2. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 7:17 pm 

    Trump is getting desperate.
    But, this just accelerates the procedure.
    Probably a good thing.
    We will be dealing with reality soon.

  3. ohanian on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:31 pm 

    I agree with Trump. The OffShore Safety Regulations are as useless as Glass–Steagall legislation.

  4. deadly on Tue, 26th Dec 2017 9:32 pm 

    The Deepwater Horizon is a harbinger of the Deep State Blowout yet to come. It will be carnage! lol

    Anyhow, what good are the rules when there are blowouts like Deepwater Horizon? At this point, it makes no difference.

    The rules don’t matter, the damage is done. Safe is a word that isn’t in the King of New York’s vocabulary. Safety Systems and Management are too many words for Donald Trump. Very, very and magnificent are words in his vocabulary, that’s three, might be one more though. Who knows?

    It may be new news to some, but Donald Trump has his head up his ass. Clearly not that hard to see, it’s just sticking out his neck is all. Not that hard to tell either.

    The good news is Barack Obama is gone from the White House and he just doesn’t matter anymore. Thank God!

    Sorry to be so brutally frank. It helps, as always.

    Black Water by the Doobie Brothers:

    Have a good evening!

  5. Cloggie on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 12:51 am 

    US descending to B-league.

  6. DerHundistlos on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 2:37 am 

    @ ohanian

    Another mental midget trolls the comment section.

    This should come as no surprise to anyone not living in a cave. Trump and his sycophantic cronies will do everything within their power to eviscerate the EPA and gang rape the natural world.

    While in Utah recently where he proudly announced the first two wilderness areas to be sold to the highest private bidder, President Dump stated,

    “I mean what’s really more important, some stupid bird nobody ever sees or money without which you should tatoo a big L for LOSER on your forehead.”

  7. Cloggie on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 3:24 am 

    “I mean what’s really more important, some stupid bird nobody ever sees or money without which you should tatoo a big L for LOSER on your forehead.”

    In many respects Trump is an absolute moron: energy, nature, climate… Trump is about money, economy, deals, business, excessive-Darwinian TV-shows, grabbing pussy and little else.

    “Welcome to America”, a typical cynical European would love to add (I’m glad I’m not like

    Having said that I still support him or his presidency rather… because I see who his (((enemies))) are (hi James Traub, hi media!). I love seeing Trump attacking the media, the worst enemy of European-America. I love his initiative to build a wall and stop further erosion of European-America. I love that he at least tries to have normal relations with Russia (with limited effect). I love that he didn’t escalate in Syria and I love that he stimulates Europe to invest in its own defense and effectively lets Europe escape from the empire by the time the Deep State returns to power after Trump, for good. Well, until the breakup.

  8. Makati1 on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 3:39 am 

    I appreciate Trump as the destroyer of America. The means to end its plundering and murder around the world. Any war he starts (N.Korea/Iran/Ukraine) will be the last one America will start, except for the possible civil war internally. I see that coming no matter what he does or doesn’t do. It is only a matter of time.

    America … “YOU’RE FIRED!” lol

  9. Davy on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 5:23 am 

    what a dork. mad kat why do you want to make yourself look so stupid. Contribute something meaningful please. MORON

  10. Davy on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 5:24 am 

    “US descending to B-league.”
    Just joining in with the rest of the world

  11. Davy on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 5:35 am 

    This is how messy the global economy is and why the board extremist who have agendas to peddle regional promotions are so intellectually lame (B-league):

    “To Avoid Liquidation Panic, HNA Assures Deutsche Shareholders It’s A “Long-Term Investor”

    “The notoriously acquisitive Chinese conglomerate HNA – which recently had a sharp falling out with Beijing resulting in a margin call “shocksave” – is facing a serious cash crunch in 2018 as nearly a quarter of its $100 billion in debt – a large chunk of which was accumulated during a multi-year buying spree that saw it become a major shareholder in Deutsche Bank, Hilton Worldwide and a large portfolio of international holdings – comes due. But even as the company resorted to loaning out shares and entering into arcane derivative financing agreements to finance its debt-service payments, it is quickly finding that traditional avenues of financing are disappearing or becoming too costly. Despite being one of China’s largest conglomerates, HNA has been shut out of stock and bond markets as lenders worry about its outsized debt load, forcing the company to pledge some of its core holdings as collateral for short-term loans, as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. This has forced the conglomerate to explore other options. To wit, the bank recently pledged some of its Deutsche Bank shares to UBS as collateral for a loan worth roughly $117.”

    “With memories of last fall’s dramatic plunge in Deutsche Bank shares still fresh – a selloff that was triggered by the DOJ’s decision to slap the already shaky German lender with a $14 billion fine – HNA assured its fellow shareholders that it is a “long-term investor” in Germany’s largest bank. The comment is, of course, self-serving: Though it has purchased downside protection to protect against a large drop in DB’s shares, a substantial decline in the company’s valuation could be the straw that pushes the conglomerate into bankruptcy, and potentially triggers China’s “Minsky moment.” For context, HNA owns about $4 billion in DB shares, roughly equivalent to a 10% stake”

  12. Makati1 on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 5:38 am 

    Sticks and Stones, Davy. Water off this old ducks back. Try again. And again. And again. And… Get it? You cannot touch me in ANY way. Isn’t the internet great! LMAO

  13. Davy on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 5:55 am 

    mad kat, you increasingly look stupid with your low quality postings plus you lower the intellectual appeal of this forum. If you can’t say anything constructive why not not say nothing. The result is you look like a fool and you lower the quality of this forum. Do you care about others?

  14. DerHundistlos on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 6:45 am 


    If your goal in life is to destroy the living planet, we have a job opening for YOU. Contact Don Dump, Jr. for an application.

  15. jh wyoming on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 4:33 pm 

    I find it rather strange that Trump is trying to adjust reality by eliminating words like safe, in the oil industry and diversity and vulnerable with the CDC. That doesn’t change reality so I don’t get part of it.

  16. Ghung on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 4:45 pm 

    “I find it rather strange that Trump is trying to adjust reality by eliminating words like safe, in the oil industry and diversity and vulnerable with the CDC.”

    It’s right out of 1984, and Trump is the new Minitrue.

    We were warned.

  17. Sissyfuss on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 8:31 am 

    The orange Grifter grew up in the concrete jungles of greater NY. He has no ties to the natural world other than multiple trips to his many overpriced golf resorts where he is known to be a world class cheat. He will go down in the rapidly truncating history of manwomankind as the most anti-environment buffoon ever to be given the keys to an empire, with that empire rapidly truncating as well.

  18. Shortend on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 8:48 am 

    Feel like I’m living in the good old days of Robber Barrons and open pit sewers and no days off with 2 jobs to back ends meet!
    Actually, we ARE back in those days!
    Great going GUYS!
    Who needs regulations, Unions, environmental protection and wilderness preserves?
    Not me!

  19. fmr-paultard on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 8:59 am 

    hello guys,i think extremism and racism is not useful. as a former paulard and one who switched party to become a blue republican to vote presedent paul, then swtiched back to being a libtard. i switched again. i will vote republican for god, country, bible, and the bumpski. i encourage you all to do the same. i believe constantine started it all but that’s irrelevant. moms happy that’s all that matter.

    i belive voting only do so much. i believe i should judge candidates individually case by case even for conservatives

    why now? i watched all youtube vids of rep. sheila jackson lee and i made the swtich.

    i’m a tard, i investigate everything. i’ll investigate ((eurotarded’s)) PMBB confederation one of these days

    hola to sis darlin’

  20. JuanP on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 11:38 am 

    This was to be expected. Trump believes in “free enterprise. I expect most safety laws, rules, and regulations to become increasingly irrelevant in the future. The future will be incredibly dirty and dangerous. All those cleanliness and safety rules were simply a consequence of the availability of large amounts of low cost energy. Just wait until we have no more energy to pump sewage or haul trash. We will be burning a lot of shit. Save those old sofas! LOL!

  21. fmr-paultard on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 11:43 am 

    waking up our supertards is the only way. when enterprise is in dire strait and borgs knocking on sector 0,0,1 we had a battle internally. not until we unite we were able to save ourselves. same thing when janeway was in trouble we managed to set our differecnes aside. in lords of the rings we had to wake up the king of orcs invasion.

    PMBB confederation is ((eurotarded)) demonic party and spread deaths at our doors. We have supertards only, fake nukes don’t do much and they have the intel on our fake nukes. We’re doomed

  22. GregT on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 12:39 pm 

    Trump is systematically destroying what’s left of the USA. Socially, politically, environmentally, and globally.

    “Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”

    – Henry Kissinger

  23. Apneaman on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 6:43 pm 

    As predicted. What else is the captain of the Cancer going to do? There are still some healthy tissue to consume and infect. It’s what a cancer do.

    Megadisasters devastated America this year.

    They’re going to get worse.
    Storms, fires, floods, and heat caused unprecedented destruction in 2017.

    “2017 is about to become the most expensive disaster year in US history, costing nearly $400 billion in damages.

    How did that happen? Consider some of the record-breaking weather events that came our way:

    California was drenched in the wettest winter on record, ending years of drought.
    Then came California’s most destructive and largest wildfire season ever. The Tubbs Fire in Northern California killed 22 people and damaged more than 5,600 structures.
    Hurricane Harvey broke a rainfall record for a single tropical storm with more than 4 feet of rain.
    Puerto Rico is still mired in the longest blackout in US history after Hurricane Maria struck three months ago. More than 1,000 are estimated to have died in the storm and its aftermath.
    San Francisco reported its hottest temperature ever, 106 degrees Fahrenheit, while other parts of the country set records for high-temperature streaks.
    14 places across Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas reported record-high water levels during floods in April and May.
    Requests for federal disaster aid jumped tenfold compared to 2016, with 4.7 million people registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    As of October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had counted 15 disasters with damages topping $1 billion, tying 2017 with 2011 for the most billion-dollar disasters in a year to date. And that was before the California wildfires. (We included some of those fires in the map below):”

    2017: Devastating effects of climate change

    The world is increasingly taking action to stop climate change. But the frequency of devastating climate events in 2017 has shown that we are starting to run out of time. DW takes at look at some of the most dramatic.

    It’s perfect….for me because this is how I predicted it would go down.

    Gaia’s already started her chemotherapy, yet the Cancer is blind to it and keeps on consuming and infecting and reproducing – more more more. The Cancer apes are single mindedly obsessed with growth. They can’t help themselves. Just puppets of much larger forces. Puppets of the MPP. Degrading energy appears to be the only reason they exist. Does anyone else have an alternate explanation for the species wide suicidal behaviour? Why we are here? Invisible man in the sky? I’m listening.

  24. onlooker on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 6:48 pm
    Burning Fossil Fuels Almost Ended All Life on Earth

  25. Davy on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 6:53 pm 

    “Renewable Electricity Generation Surpasses Nuclear For First Time Since 1984”

    “This outcome reflects both seasonal and trend growth in renewable generation, as well as maintenance and refueling schedules for nuclear plants, which tend to undergo maintenance during spring and fall months, when overall electricity demand is lower than in summer or winter. Record generation from both wind and solar as well as recent increases in hydroelectric power as a result of high precipitation across much of the West over the past winter contributed to the overall rise in renewable electricity generation this spring, while nuclear generation in April was at its lowest monthly level since April 2014. However, EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects that monthly nuclear electricity generation will surpass renewables again during the summer months of 2017 and that nuclear will generate more electricity than renewables for all of 2017.”

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