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
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
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