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Senators call for reinstatement of oil rig worker protections

Some Democratic senators in Washington, D.C., are reportedly concerned about how lax the federal government is being enforcing laws meant to protect offshore oil and gas workers from getting hurt.

In 2010, 11 oil rig workers were killed in the Gulf of Mexico. While the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Barack Obama’s responded by issuing new rules for dealing will well-casing pressure and blowout preventers. These rules were expected to help protect offshore oil workers from getting injured.

Soon after President Donald Trump was sworn in though, he and his administration reviewed those procedures. They concluded that most of the measures didn’t improve environmental woes or safety and were “unduly burdensome.” Soon thereafter, he signed an executive order doing away with them.

Several democratic senators recently voiced their discontentment with the signing of that executive order.

In a report released to the press, the lawmakers cited how investigators assigned to figure out what caused the Deepwater Horizon incident concluded that it had to do with a critical failure of its blowout preventer. They argued that the Trump administration’s repealing of rules requiring testing and maintenance oversight over these systems may give way to an oil rig catastrophe occurring once again.

The case to determine whether British Petroleum (BP) or Halliburton, the company responsible for actually carrying out the work on the rig, is still being heard in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Louisiana.

Federal government officials initially feared that as many as 4.2 million barrels of oil had been released into the Gulf. Final when the Deepwater Horizon incident occurred in 2010. Final estimates show that it’s more likely that 3.2 million barrels were ultimately released.

Individuals who are hired to work on oil rigs are often asked to carry out strenuous work for extended periods of times with little breaks to recover. Injuries are inevitable. When comes time to recover damages in your injury case, it can help to have a Louisiana admiralty and maritime law make sense of your options for compensation.