The Department of Interior has proposed rolling back parts of 2016's Well Control Rule, which put safety standards in place for systems that prevent blowouts and enact emergency measures if offshore oil and gas drillers lose control of their rigs. The original rule was crafted by the Obama administration as a direct response to the BP oil spill.
Ranchers and tribal leaders alike are taking a stand against Secretary Zinke's rollbacks.
Environmental groups decried Ryan Zinke's announcement.
A congressman and former Navy Seal, Zinke may be Trump's most interesting and unpredictable Cabinet choice.