Tag: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Administration studies Arctic requirements

The Obama administration is closer than ever to imposing the first minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, as Shell pursues permits that could allow it to resume drilling in the region next year.  More »

Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

The failure of a bolt used to affix emergency equipment to a subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico should spur the oil industry to write new standards for fasteners and the oversight of contractors working offshore, investigators say.  More »

Regulator says collaboration needed offshore

One of the biggest obstacles in boosting the safety of offshore drilling is making sure a massive web of contractors and oil companies are working collaboratively to prevent accidents, a top federal regulator says.  More »

Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

Marine and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.  More »

Commentary: Offshore rules cause some uncertainty, but goal is safety

George O. Wilkinson, a Houston partner with Vinson & Elkins, explains why uncertainty is emerging as federal regulators move toward performance-based rules for oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico  More »

New offshore tech center coming to Houston

The government agency that oversees offshore drilling plans to stand up a new technology center in Houston.  More »

Commentary: Offshore energy is a bigger challenge and a safer one

Houston lawyer Glenn Legge notes that the current administration is reinforcing its position that violations of federal offshore regulations — including submitting false, inaccurate, or misleading reports — can lead to criminal charges.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

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 »
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