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 »

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 »

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 »

Guest commentary: One-size-fits-all rules for offshore vessels are unrealistic

There is universal agreement on the desire to prevent another catastrophic explosion and spill. But there is the risk of doing harm by overreaching in regulating for a safer environment.  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 »

New offshore energy regulator warns ‘risk does not discriminate’

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and 25 years after an explosion killed 167 people on the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea, offshore oil workers and their overseers must guard against complacency, the top U.S. offshore drilling regulator insisted Tuesday.  More »

Independent auditors approved for offshore safety reviews

The Center for Offshore Safety, an industry group developed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to foster best practices for the industry, has given its approval to three initial auditing organizations for reviewing offshore companies’ safety plans.  More »

Offshore safety auditor talks about challenges ahead

Mike Chaudron, director of sales for Det Norske Veritas Certification, one of four audit firms provisionally certified to audit offshore operators’ safety plans, talks about challenges in implementing the new federally mandated process.  More »

Industry executives expect regulatory costs to soar

Three years after the Macondo accident, more than 80 percent of top oil executives believe that regulation will get a lot tougher in the coming years.  More »

Offshore industry moves toward audits of safety systems

Oil and gas companies working offshore have until June 4, 2015 to let outside auditors examine their new government-mandated safety programs, but right now, there aren’t any investigators qualified to do the job, experts said Thursday.  More »

Guest Commentary: Regulatory uncertainty challenging offshore operators

Greg Dillard, a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, says it is in no one’s best interest to establish a regulatory climate that chills operators’ incentive to vigorously self-evaluate their operations for safety improvements.  More »

Offshore operators should focus on building safety barriers

Offshore safety auditors will focus on identifying potential hazards and protective barriers against them, said Charlie Williams, director of the Center for Offshore Safety at a Thursday morning breakfast at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Q&A: Drilling regulator James Watson

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James Watson talks about coming new regulations with FuelFix ahead of a speech at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.  More »

Q&A: Relationship with feds improving, but uncertainty lingers

Randall Luthi, the head of the National Ocean Industries Association and a former federal offshore drilling regulator, speaks with FuelFix about the regulatory issues that have participants buzzing during this week’s Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Offshore operators seek clarity on regulations

The pace of regulatory change has slowed since the days just after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, but oil companies and offshore contractors are still dealing with repercussions.  More »
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