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OTC: Offshore drilling regulators want industry input on ‘next steps’ for safety management programs
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will hold a workshop on the issue on July 29 in Houston aimed at getting ideas for how to strengthen the safety and environmental management systems required of companies operating offshore.
Increasing computerization and automation offshore open up the possibility of dangerous disruptions, driven by errant software updates and plugged-in flash drives. One incident has already taken place.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.