The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has proposed a rule to toughen standards for offshore oil and natural gas production systems as energy producers explore deeper waters. The proposal would subject foam firefighting systems and other key safety and pollution prevention equipment to more thorough reviews and would also include several American Petroleum Institute standards for offshore production facilities. "Safety is a core value for our industry, as evidenced by the fact that BSEE has incorporated more than a dozen industry standards developed by API into this proposed rule," API spokesman Brian Straessle said.

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