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Revised BSEE Drilling Rules

July 5, 2018

BSEE (the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) is proposing to roll back some of the offshore safety rules that were promulgated following the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo catastrophe. Specifically, they have published a Revised Well Control Rule for comment. Their justification is,

. . . after thoroughly reexamining the original Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control final rule (WCR), experiences from the implementation process, and BSEE policy, BSEE proposes to amend, revise, or remove current regulatory provisions that create unnecessary burdens on stakeholders while ensuring safety and environmental protection.

Many reviewers are concerned that this rollback is not justified and that it could increase the chance of another major event. This article in the online journal The Hill is representative.

Further discussion is provided in the article White Whales and Black Swans.

From → Regulations, SEMS

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