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David J. Hayes: Interior's New Well Control Rule "Disheartening," Rolls Back Fundamental Safety Reforms


May 2, 2019
Contact: Christopher Gray

Washington, D.C. — David J. Hayes, Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law and former Interior Deputy Secretary in the Obama and Clinton administrations, released the following statement in response to today's announcement by the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that the Trump administration has finalized the rollback of key provisions of the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule:

"As the first Obama administration official in the Gulf of Mexico the morning after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, I find it disheartening that the Trump administration is rolling back important offshore drilling safety requirements for the express purpose of saving some money for the oil and gas industry. The final rule that the Interior Department promulgated in 2016 came after a six year-long process of careful analysis and review, and properly balanced the cost of industry compliance against the imperative of worker safety and environmental protection."

The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to working with state attorneys general to protect and advance clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit our website.