The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement seeks to deploy government engineers to drilling rigs to better assess pressure readings and fluid levels. "There is a need for more instrumentation on these rigs to provide real-time kinds of electronic data to us as a regulator," said agency Director Michael Bromwich. Andy Radford, a senior policy adviser with the American Petroleum Institute, expressed concern about the plan because of cases where companies "keep a very close guard on the information to protect their interests and their future."

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