Wednesday, May 2, 2018
BSEE Revises Offshore Well Control Rule
Last week the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced the release of the proposed Well Control Rule (WCR), a rule that was originally written and published in 2016 under the previous administration and took six years to finalize.  


The proposed WCR has not yet been published in the Federal Register and therefore is not available for public review and comment yet; however, it is expected to be published this week and it will allow for a 60-day comment period. As DOI’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land & Minerals Management Kate MacGregor and BSEE Director Scott Angelle stated last week, the Agency’s regulatory reform effort was conducted diligently “using a scalpel and not a sledgehammer” in order to change only specific provisions of the rule. In fact, BSEE reported that they analyzed all 342 provisions of the 2016 WCR and determined that 59 of those provisions -- or less than 18% of the 2016 Rule -- were appropriate for revision.

While some recent media articles have described this regulatory reform as “relaxing regulations”, “scaling back”, “rolling back”, and the “easing of offshore regulations,“ it is important to remember that the intent is to “revise” the rule to make our Gulf of Mexico a safer place for America’s oil and gas development and to maintain and protect our environment while producing America’s energy and creating much needed American jobs.

GEST is on the front lines of offshore oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast is where we live, work and play.  Our family, friends and neighbors work offshore and we are proud to produce American Energy. GEST fully supports BSEE’s regulatory reform efforts in order to make the offshore industry a safer place.

-- Lori LeBlanc, GEST Director

You can view BSEE’s Fact Sheet on the proposed revisions here and additional information, including related videos can be found here .
Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Update:
State and Federal Leaders Discuss Offshore Energy Safety, Technology and Production with Consumer Energy Alliance at OTC 2018 via Digital Journal
"With a new national offshore oil and gas leasing program being developed for 2019-2024, this panel discussion comes at a critical time, since it addressed how vibrant U.S. offshore energy industry underpinned by cutting-edge technology and collaboration on safety contributes to the economic, energy, and environmental security of the United States."
OTC 2018: Chevron Touts Both Permian, Deep Water
Via E&P
“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,” William Turner, Wood Mackenzie’s senior research analyst, said in a January report.
One on One with BSEE Director Angelle:
Q&A: Scott Angelle, the sheriff of the Gulf of Mexico
Via Houston Chronicle
One year ago Scott Angelle was named director of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which makes him the top cop when it comes to preventing spills and accidents in the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oil and gas industry. Typically an out of the spotlight, bureaucrat’s job, Angelle, the former head of Louisiana’s Natural Resources Department and a perennial figure in that state’s elections, has used the office to not only keep a check on operators but to promote the industry, worrying environmentalists who fear he’s too close to oil and gas executives.
Offshore production vital to Gulf economy, U.S. energy strategy Via Houston Chronicle
WASHINGTON — Safe, reliable, and affordable energy is critical to U.S. economic growth and prosperity as well as to national security. As emphasized in the President’s all-of-the-above strategy for energy dominance, that energy comes from many different sources and locations throughout the country, both onshore and offshore. The Department of the Interior and its bureaus have the responsibility for managing the nation’s natural resources.
BHP gives $3.4 million to Louisiana Coastal Restoration Project in Terrebonne Parish
BHP has a long standing commitment to strong community relationships. Last week, BHP announced an investment of $3.4 million towards a Louisiana coastal restoration project in Terrebonne Parish along with their partners  America's Wetland Foundation and RES (Resource Environmental Solutions)  
"With any of our social investments, our main goal is to look for long-term opportunities and partnerships that allow for a real change. I grew up in Louisiana and the preservation of our natural environment has always been top of mind for the communities there ," stated Kristen Ray, BHP's General Manager, Gulf of Mexico.
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