The Advertiser | June 27, 2016 | Ken Stickney
U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, insists the federal government's well-control rule — it will go into effect in a month — is so vaguely worded that it will leave the oil and gas industry "stumbling in the dark" for compliance.
Boustany and 10 other congressmen wrote the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement last Friday to seek a delay in the rule's implementation, due July 28.
Boustany released the letter Monday.
The Office of Management and Budget approved the rule, developed by BSEE, in the spring.
The well-control rule, six years in development, was a federal government response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, which left 11 men dead and more than 60 injured.
In the letter, the congressmen say oil and gas companies recognize the severity of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and want to improve safety measures.
But lawmakers say the industry has not been "provided the necessary guidance in order to realistically do so."
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