BOEMRE issues offshore deepwater drillers guidance for complying with safety and containment requirements

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March 29, 2011

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has issued a memo to assist offshore operators with drilling permit applications.  The document provides additional guidance to the oil and gas industry, summarizing and clarifying previously issued offshore deepwater drilling safety requirements. It also highlights BOEMRE’s process for reviewing subsea containment plans for deepwater operations, but contains no additional regulatory requirements.

“Our goal remains the same as it has been from Day 1 – to ensure that offshore operations are conducted as safely as possible,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. “This guidance document gives deepwater drilling operators additional information to help address some of the recurring issues that have been raised in our ongoing discussions with industry.”

Director Bromwich and BOEMRE personnel have met regularly with multiple oil and gas operators and industry representatives to answer questions about new regulations, Notices to Lessees (NTL), and how the agency will apply National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements with respect to deepwater drilling operations.  The issues addressed in the information document include compliance issues relating to: the Drilling Safety Rule (or Interim Final Rule) and NTL-10, as well as further information on BOEMRE’s process for evaluating subsea containment information submitted by operators along with their permit applications.

The information document is available for download HERE (click for PDF)

PHOTO: Shell’s deepwater platform, Brutus in the Gulf of Mexico courtesy BOEMRE

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