Tag: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Regulator: Many companies holding back info in safety audits

In the safety audits, several offshore oil and gas operators were too reluctant to give information, likely because they believed that “too much honesty might spark increased scrutiny from the regulators,” a top regulator said in Houston Thursday.  More »

Offshore safety problems linger despite new efforts, Coast Guard admiral says

Despite mandatory offshore safety codes, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to find dozens of problems on deep-water drilling rigs and other vessels, even after oil companies have complied with rules for years and have anticipated inspections for months, a federal regulator said Thursday in Houston.  More »

Feds confront industry skepticism on new safety hotline

Federal regulators are pleading with the oil industry to ‘fess up when they dodge accidents at offshore production platforms, rigs and drillships.  More »

Kill attempt to come for well spewing gas off Gulf coast

Crews continued to work Friday to stop natural gas flowing from a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, and the Coast Guard said workers had managed to cut the flow in half.  More »

Crews lose control of gas rig off Louisiana coast

Officials say no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.  More »

Offshore drilling industry takes aim at safety rule

Energy companies and industry trade groups broadly criticized a government plan to rewrite standards governing oil and gas production systems used offshore.  More »

Lawmakers ask feds to freeze Arctic drilling

Nearly 60 House Democrats are pleading with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to halt all Arctic energy development until the federal government writes new rules for the activity. Separately, conservationists recommended the Obama administration exclude four areas from a possible 2016 sale of Arctic drilling leases.  More »

Feds order five companies to halt offshore work

The federal government has ordered five companies to cease their offshore oil and gas operations, after the firms failed to give regulators a required audit of safety plans newly required since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Feds push back timeline for offshore drilling rules

A federal official conceded that new rules for Arctic drilling and offshore emergency equipment will not be ready until 2014 and blamed the 16-day government shutdown for some of the delay.  More »

Offshore safety chief delves into the data

Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, wants the agency to step up the way it collects information from coastal oil and gas facilities and then put that data to use zeroing in on problems, managing risk and thwarting accidents.  More »

Feds cite Houston firm, contractors in fatal Gulf blast

A federal agency alleges that safety deficiencies by a Houston company and its contractors led to the deaths of three oil platform workers in an explosion last year.  More »
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