Waterkeeper Alliance: Adding Insult to Injury: More Offshore Drilling, Less Oversight
Not only is the Trump Administration proposing to massively increase the offshore areas open to oil and gas drilling, it also wants to let drilling companies skimp on safety measures. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has proposed changing regulations enacted in response to BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Andrew Hayslip, executive director of Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, was a direct responder to the BP oil spill when he worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in their Center for Spatial Analysis. He saw firsthand the impacts that irresponsible offshore drilling had on our wildlife, environment, human health, and economy: