Energy dominance without sacrificing safety

The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades.

Contrary to recent misleading reports, neither the Department of the Interior nor our agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, is weakening offshore safety or environmental rules. As a Louisiana native, and my state’s interim lieutenant governor at the time of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, I fully understand the importance of worker safety and environmental protection.

Our agency is working hard to fulfill executive orders, which require an extensive review of our regulations. Our commonsense approach is to propose revisions that could reduce burdens on operators without impacting safety and environmental protections. Our changes will never reduce safety and will, in some cases, improve it…


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