It's been three months since the Department of the Interior shut-down deepwater drilling operations, and it's been six months since the explosion of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And in that time, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and his staff has determined that it's safe to drill.
Since then, Salazar has determined that deepwater oil and gas drilling can resume provided that operators certify compliance with all existing rules and requirements, including those that recently went into effect, the Department of Interior said in a press release.
Members of industry must also demonstrate the availability of adequate blowout containment resources, the department said.
“We have more work to do in our reform agenda, but at this point we believe the strengthened safety measures we have implemented, along with improved spill response and blowout containment capabilities, have reduced risks to a point where operators who play by the rules and clear the higher bar can be allowed to resume," Salazar said.
" The oil and gas industry will be operating under tighter rules, stronger oversight, and in a regulatory environment that will remain dynamic as we continue to build on the reforms we have already implemented.”
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