In 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 more. After this disaster, common-sense safety standards were enacted that would significantly reduce the risk of another catastrophic spill.
Now those safety standards are at risk of being rolled back at the bidding of offshore oil drilling companies—and we need your help.
The Well Control Rule, finalized in 2016, requires real-time oversight of risky drilling operations and precautionary failsafe measures to stop a spill when things go wrong. Last year the Trump administration began rewriting the rule, which the fossil fuel industry regards as a “burden.”
With the Trump administration’s ongoing push for more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and its proposal to open virtually every mile of coastline to new oil and gas rigs, now is not the time to tinker with offshore safety and environmental standards.
Rolling back these protections would put human lives and our coasts at risk. Don’t let the Trump administration excuse the fossil fuel industry from adopting crucial safety measures and equipment designed to avoid some of the same mistakes that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Take action today.