The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued revised offshore blowout preventer (BOP) and well control regulations on May 2. The changes remove unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protections, US Department of the Interior officials said.

“Today’s final rule puts safety first, both public and environmental safety, in a commonsense way,” said US Interior Sec. David L. Bernhardt during the announcement in Port Fourcheau, La. “Incorporating the best available science, best practices, and technological innovations of the past decade, the rule eliminates unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore.”

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