Volume 51| March 15, 2018
All Things BSEE...
Director Angelle provided an in-depth update to stakeholders on "All Things BSEE" last week:
BSEE Launches Risk-Based Inspection Program via BSEE
NEW ORLEANS − The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement this week announced the implementation of a new Risk-Based Inspection Program that employs a systematic framework to identify facilities and operations that exhibit a high-risk profile. The risk-based inspections supplement BSEE’s existing National Safety Inspection Program.

“...We developed this program to address areas where trends in compliance and incident data suggest the potential for imminent safety concerns,” said Jason Mathews, chief of BSEE’s Gulf of Mexico Region Safety Management Office.
Secretary Zinke Moves Forward to Improve Safety Offshore via Department of Interior
HOUSTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen the federal offshore oil and gas inspection program. Zinke highlighted a risk-based inspection element and an increase in the amount of time allotted for physical inspection of offshore facilities as two of six initiatives that the  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)  will institute before mid-2018. Zinke’s announcement at the 2018 CERAWeek conference coincides with the U.S. offshore’s highest oil production year on record, totaling 629 million barrels during 2017.
Proposed offshore program to unleash U.S. oil and gas potential
By GEST Director Lori LeBlanc
Areas that were once off-limits for offshore oil and gas production could become significant contributors to American energy dominance if key provisions of a draft proposed offshore leasing program remain intact following the current public comment period.

On January 4, U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke released the draft of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024, which proposes to make over 90 percent of total OCS acreage available for future exploration and development and proposes the largest number of lease sales in U.S. history. By comparison, the current OCS program puts 94 percent of the OCS off limits to oil and gas development, forcing us to import what we otherwise could produce ourselves.
New studies project that offshore energy development will significantly increase U.S. jobs, domestic spending, investments and state revenues via API
WASHINGTON -- Opening the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to  offshore  oil and natural gas development would be an economic catalyst—promoting U.S. jobs, investments, and increased tax revenue—for states across the country, according to new economic studies.

“The oil and natural gas industry is a major contributor to the American economy and helps meet America’s constantly increasing energy needs. We support more than 10.3 million U.S. jobs and contribute $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy - benefits that are felt across the country,” said API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito.
Gulf E&P shows signs of resurgence
via Offshore Magazine
It’s no secret that E&P activities in the US Gulf of Mexico have been in the doldrums in recent years. Exploration and development work in the US deepwater Gulf has lagged since crude oil prices dropped in late 2014.

However, as costs finally settle at a bottom and operators set a new standard for operational efficiency, 2018 might be a turning point for the sector, according to a new study by Wood Mackenzie entitled “Deepwater GoM: 5 Things to Look for in 2018.”

William Turner, Wood Mackenzie’s Senior Research Analyst and lead author of the insight, said: “Although deepwater Gulf of Mexico has taken quite a beating over the last three years, the industry has clawed its way back to being competitive by significantly cutting costs, improving efficiencies and tightening up the supply chain. [This year] will be a forward-looking year for the sector as it lays the foundation for longer term resurgence in 2019 and beyond.”
Other Noteworthy News Developments from BSEE:
  • Updated training video for the Marine Trash and Debris Program provides best practices for safely securing trash and debris on offshore facilities and proper disposal.

  • Safety Alert No. 330 shares an important manufacturer’s stop-use order for MSA® Gravity Welder safety harnesses being used offshore.

  • Safety Bulletin No. 11 highlights concerns about the use of epoxy adhesives for repairing piping and structural steel.

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