The oil and natural gas industry is seeking clarity on the federal government's proposed rules governing offshore drilling, including those for blowout preventers and shear ram and valve systems. "It's very high on people's radar," said Holly Hopkins, a senior policy adviser for the American Petroleum Institute. "If you're operating in the Gulf of Mexico, you're talking about the (blowout preventer) rule -- when is it coming out, what's going to be in it, when can we see it," she added.

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