Six years after Deepwater Horizon, US issues new rules for offshore drilling

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(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration on Thursday issued new rules governing offshore oil and gas drilling, six years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, The New York Times reported. In particular, the new rules will tighten controls on blowout preventers, the devices that are the last line of protection to stop explosions in undersea wells. The rules also add tougher requirements on the design and lining of offshore wells, as well as real-time monitoring of subsea drilling and spill containment.

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By Professional Mariner Staff