Six years after Macondo, New Federal Safety Regulations

The BP oil spill and fire occurred on April 20, 2010. Six years after Macondo the Federal government is still unveiling new regulations to prevent future disasters. The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement final regulations include more stringent design requirement, real-time monitoring, and third party reviews of equipment, safety practices and revised operational procedures for offshore U.S. oil and gas operations. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said "The well control rule is a vital part of our extensive reform agenda to strengthen, update and modernize our offshore energy program using lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon." She noted that many of the measures have already become standard practice by the oil and gas industry.