US to Strengthen Offshore Drilling Rules

25 April 2011 (Last Updated April 25th, 2011 18:30)

The US Department of the Interior plans to propose new rules to strengthen offshore oil drilling safety in a bid to avoid deep water disasters in future. US Interior Department head Michael Bromwich said the agency's goals for more stringent regulations will increase drilling safety a

The US Department of the Interior plans to propose new rules to strengthen offshore oil drilling safety in a bid to avoid deep water disasters in future.

US Interior Department head Michael Bromwich said the agency’s goals for more stringent regulations will increase drilling safety and diminish the risks of a major blowout.

The new rules will focus on the rig blowout preventers, the fail-safe equipment that lead to the death of 11 workers in the oil spill disaster on 20 April 2010.

The forensic review of the blowout preventer from BP’s Macondo well showed that an off-center pipe stopped the device from operating properly.

Last year’s explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig spewed nearly five million barrels of oil from BP’s ruptured well.