Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on passage of his amendment that would reinstate offshore drilling safety rules enacted following the Deepwater Horizon disaster -- rules which were significantly weakened by the Trump Administration over the last year.
“In 2010, Floridians saw our beaches, coastal communities, and thriving tourism economy devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said Crist. “And after years of painstaking work and billions spent on recovery efforts, Floridians across the state said ‘never again’ and voted overwhelmingly to protect our coasts from the dangers of offshore drilling.”
“The Trump Administration's decision to roll back safety rules enacted to prevent another Deepwater Horizon was shocking, putting Florida's coast again at risk. We need to learn from our mistakes, not repeat them, and that's the goal of this amendment.”
The Crist Amendment reinstates and codifies two critical offshore drilling safety regulations – the Well Control Rule and the Production Safety Systems Rule. These rules were put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill based on lessons learned from that tragedy. Over the last year, however, the Interior Department, under the directive of the Trump Administration, rolled back these protections, increasing the risk of another accident occurring.
The Crist Amendment was attached to H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019, introduced by Reps. Rooney (R-Naples) and Castor (D-Tampa). H.R.205 permanently bans drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.