Chemical safety board scraps recommendation on offshore safety

By Jordan Blum  Updated: November 17, 2017 8:31am

Offshore oil rig workers will remain without broad whistleblower protections after a federal agency this week opted to withdraw recommendations made in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board opted to pull its worker participation and whistleblower protection recommendations after the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, refused to enact the protections. Under President Donald Trump, the bureau has shifted its focus to reducing what it calls unnecessary regulations.

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WOW!  What happened to common sense?  I'm all for elimination of worthless or terrible regulations.  But I'm not for getting rid of  whistleblower protections.  Many safety regs are good for all of us... first the workers... and then the oil/gas economy.  And I'm a big conservative!

This is not good.  You just have to watch the movie "Deepwater Horizon" to get a glimpse of how dangerous this work is and how much pressure these people are under to get a well drilled.

Everyone, including conservatives, should be telling their U.S. legislators that wholesale elimination of regulations is a wrong headed approach.  I think most everyone, regardless of their political beliefs, can agree that regulations should be reviewed and evaluated.  Any ham handed approach such as eliminate two old regs for every one new reg invites this kind of outcome.  The current trend of appointing individuals to federal departments with oversight of such issues who oppose the traditional operation of those departments and/or come from industries regulated by those departments is a recipe for disaster.  Not to mention that it is a slap in the face, in this particular example, to the families of those who have died in dangerous occupations such as the Deepwater Horizon.  That movie moved me also, Kathy.  And, you're right JHH, this should be driven by common sense, not some misguided attempt to deregulate whistleblower protections or dismantle wholesale a previous administrations priorities.


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