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NEW ORLEANS— The Trump administration is ignoring advice from the bipartisan commission that investigated the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster as officials move to repeal offshore drilling safety regulations adopted in its aftermath.
Today is the eighth anniversary of the explosion that killed 11 oil workers and caused more than 210 million gallons of oil to flow uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for more than three months, killing thousands of marine mammals and birds.
“Deepwater Horizon was a deadly reminder that offshore drilling is dangerous. Refusing to learn from this disaster threatens workers, wildlife and coastal communities,” said Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump’s plans to get rid of safety rules dishonor the dead and ramp up the risk of another catastrophe.”
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling made a series of recommendations in its January 2011 report to President Obama. Only the most significant ones — including a well-control rule that would have prevented the explosion and blowout preventer rule to seal compromised wells — were adopted. They are now being targeted for significant rollbacks by the administration, which is expected to publish revisions in the near future.
Commission co-chairs Bob Graham and William K. Reilly wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke almost a year ago, shortly after President Trump ordered an expansion of offshore drilling and more industry-friendly rules to govern it, urging restraint in his deregulatory zeal.