Posted: Sep 30, 2010 11:22 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has announced new
rules requiring that offshore drilling rigs certify that they have
working blowout preventers and standards for cementing wells.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that the new rules
will improve safety and reduce the chance of catastrophic blowouts
such as the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He said the
rules also should improve workplace safety by reducing the risk of
Salazar has said new rules must be in place before the Interior
Department lifts a ban on deepwater drilling. The ban is set to
expire Nov. 30, but officials have said they hope to end it early.