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The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled a proposal to ensure the completion of outer shelf offshore oil and gas operations while adhering to the highest safety standards.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is seeking the revision of 2019-era regulatory provisions for drilling, workover, completion and decommissioning operations, according to the proposal. The BSEE wants these revisions to refine blowout preventer system requirements, as well as to modify specific blowout preventer equipment capabilities.
“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to the highest standards of worker safety and environmental protections. This proposed rulemaking will help ensure that offshore energy development utilizes the latest science and technology to keep people safe,” DOI Secretary Deb Haaland said in a Sept. 12 news release. “As our nation transitions to a clean energy economy, we must commit to strengthening and modernizing offshore energy standards and oversight.”
The revisions follow a DOI review of the current rules for offshore work and safety standards. They're also in line with Executive Order 13990, which was signed by President Joe Biden Jan. 20, 2021.
“Protecting human lives and the environment has always been BSEE’s highest priority, and this proposed rulemaking will further ensure safe and environmentally responsible offshore energy production,” BSEE Director Kevin M. Sligh Sr. said in the release. “These proposed revisions to the Well Control Rule are the result of knowledge and experience gained by stakeholders and BSEE since the 2019 rule was implemented. They will protect workers’ lives and the environment from the potentially devastating effects of blowouts and offshore oil spills.”