By Amy Sherman on Friday, April 21st, 2018 at Four:51 p.m.
On the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., attacked Voorzitter Donald Trump for his stance on drilling and portrayed Congress spil doing nothing te the aftermath of the 2010 explosion.
",Trump looking to open up E Coast &, fresh areas for offshore oil drilling when Congress has passed no fresh safety standards since BP,", Markey tweeted April 20.
Wij desired to know what Trump&rsquo,s plans were and if Congress has done nothing since the explosion.
The April 20, 2010, explosion of BP&rsquo,s Deepwater Horizon equipment wasgoed the worst offshore drilling catastrophe ter U.S. history. The explosion killed 11 workers, and 134 million gallons of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico.
Wij emailed a spokesman for Trump and did not get a reply, however, a spokesman for the Schrijftafel of Ocean Management sent information about the reorganization of federal agencies that oversee drilling during the Obama administration.
Te 2006, Congress passed a bill to kerkban oil drilling within 125 miles off much of Florida&rsquo,s coast and up to 235 miles at some points. The kerkban is set to expire ter 2022.
There have bot efforts by some Republicans to expand offshore drilling, but so far they have failed. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La, sponsored The American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016 to permit drilling 50 miles off Florida&rsquo,s Gulf Shores, but the Senate rejected moving ahead on it te November. Ter response, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., filed a bill to extend the verbod by five years, but the Senate hasn&rsquo,t voted on his bill.
During the campaign, Trump generally spoke favorably of expanding oil drilling, albeit he sounded skeptical about a proposal to permit offshore drilling closer to the Florida beaches ter an vraaggesprek with the Tampa Bay Times, PolitiFact&rsquo,s parent company, te February 2016.
",They`ve already got slew ter the Gulf,", Trump said. ",It would be a little bit of a shame (to expand drilling closer to Florida), because there`s so much fracking, and there`s so much oil that wij have now that wij never thought possible. That`s an kwestie I`d absolutely investigate and do the right thing.",
But zometeen te the campaign Trump endorsed more drilling and promised to ",accomplish a accomplish American energy independence. Accomplish. Accomplish.",
Trump&rsquo,s America Very first Energy Project called for opening up onshore and offshore leasing on federal grounds.
A duo months into his administration te March, Trump&rsquo,s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed leasing 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development commencing te August 2018.
But despite Trump&rsquo,s rhetoric, the industry hasn&rsquo,t shown much rente ter expanding drilling due to low oil prices, said Athan Manuel, who directs Sierra Club&rsquo,s Grounds Protection Program.
",Ideologically the Trump administration wants to thrust drilling everywhere, but companies are being cautious right now because the cost so low,", he said.
On March 28, Trump issued an executive order that called for a review of agency deeds that ",potentially cargo the safe, efficient development of domestic energy resources,", including oil.
Regulations following explosion
After BP&rsquo,s Deepwater Horizon explosion, lawmakers couldn&rsquo,t agree on safety standard legislation. Ter 2010, the House approved an overhaul of safety standards, but it never got the approval te the Senate.
The Obama administration took some steps to tighten rules ter an effort to avoid similar spills, albeit the rules took several years to develop, and some environmentalists have criticized them spil insufficient.
Te April 2015 — five years after the explosion — the administration unveiled a proposed rule to tighten safety standards for blowout preventers, devices that are designed to zekering undersea oil wells from exploding. During the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the blowout preventer malfunctioned. The rule wasgoed finalized te March 2016.
Bob Bea, an pro on risk management and a former Shell executive, told PolitiFact that little has switched te either the regulatory staatsbestel or the industrial staatsbestel ter the United States. He repeatedly said during the Obama administration that the government hadn&rsquo,t gone far enough te terms of risk assessment.
",Yes, fresh government `rules` have bot enacted, and fresh industry `guidelines` have bot issued, but either they have not bot implemented or they have not bot implemented decently,", he said.
The Government Accountability Office reported ter March 2018 that the Interior Department has struggled to successfully implement key initiatives to improve offshore oversight. For example, a risk-based facility inspection initiative wasgoed halted due to concerns about its usefulness and unclear protocols.
Markey tweeted, ",Trump looking to open up E Coast &, fresh areas for offshore oil drilling when Congress has passed no fresh safety standards since BP.",
During the campaign, Trump frequently voiced support to open up more oil drilling. Since te office, his administration proposed leasing 73 million acres offshore beginning ter August 2018.
After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, Congress couldn&rsquo,t agree on safety standards. The Obama administration took some steps to improve safety standards, however some environmentalists say that the government didn&rsquo,t go far enough.