May 27, 2010 4:22 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the
government will require certification of emergency cutoff valves on
offshore oil wells like those that failed in the massive oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico.
Salazar said Thursday he will propose rules requiring
certification of so-called blowout preventers by an independent
third party, as part of an effort to tighten oversight of offshore
After the April 20 explosion and oil spill, Salazar ordered
immediate inspections of all 33 deepwater drilling rigs in the
Gulf. Inspectors checked if blowout preventers had been tested and
if emergency exercises were taking place.
The machinery weigh up to 640,000 pounds and are supposed to
stop uncontrolled blowouts in exploratory wells.