Thursday, October 4 2018
BSEE Maintains Safety and Environmental Protections with Updated Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems Regulations via BSEE
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)  today announced updated Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems regulations . BSEE’s revisions reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens while ensuring that operations remain safe and environmentally responsible. The Bureau’s efforts on regulatory reform encourage responsible energy  exploration  and production on the  Outer Continental Shelf  to maintain the Nation's position as a global energy leader.

“BSEE has incorporated industry innovation, best science and best practices in the Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems Rule to ensure safety and environmental sustainability,” said BSEE Director Scott Angelle. “When critical energy resources are produced safely and responsibly, we build a stronger energy future for the nation. We can achieve robust energy production only if operations are conducted in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.”
New Industry-Government Partnership Strengthens Offshore Safety
By Lori LeBlanc, LMOGA Offshore Committee Director for BIC Magazine

America’s offshore oil and gas industry is committed to safety for employees, contractors and our supporting communities, and a new partnership between industry and government is helping to make the industry even safer and smarter as well.

While offshore operators and service companies in the Gulf are working hard to produce America’s energy, create jobs, and generate revenue for our state and federal governments, they are also focused every day on improving safety in the workplace through extensive research, intense training and the development of rigorous worker safety standards for extreme offshore conditions. All of this has resulted in a safety record ranked very high among all industries in the country.
US DOI to offer 78 million acre oil and gas lease in Gulf of Mexico via Offshore Technology
The US Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have announced to offer 78 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing in March 2019.

Excluding eastern Gulf waters currently under a congressional moratorium, the sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. DOI deputy secretary David Bernhardt said: “The development of our offshore energy resources is a major pillar of this administration’s energy strategy."

“We all benefit from a strong offshore energy programme, which provides thousands of well-paying jobs, as well as affordable and reliable energy Americans need to heat homes, fuel our cars, and power our economy.”
Local economy starts ‘long road back’ via Houma Today
New report by well-known Louisiana economist predicts slow recovery after four-year oil bust.

A new forecast from a well-known Louisiana economist presents one of the most optimistic forecasts for Houma-Thibodaux’s economy since an offshore oil bust began four years ago.

Loren Scott’s annual economic forecast, which he delivered Wednesday to members of the South Louisiana Economic Council and other local business officials, does not predict a return to boom times anytime soon. Instead, it describes the area’s oil-based economy as beginning a slow climb from the bottom of the latest downfall.
2018 National Ocean Industries Association Fall Meeting
Earlier this week LMOGA Offshore Director and GEST Executive Director Lori LeBlanc moderated the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Future Leaders Seminar panel discussion on State Associations during the 2018 Fall Meeting.  Represented on the panel (right to left) are: Lori LeBlanc, Cory Kief, SCIA Past President, and Mari Ruckel, TXOGA
During a separate presentation at the 2018 NOIA Fall Meeting, BSEE Director Scott Angelle (right) stated, "We are not rolling back regulations. We are rolling forward on regulations by lifting undue regulatory burdens and not sacrificing safety. We have no room in America for undue regulatory burdens. There were 424 recommendations by 14 organizations issued through 26 reports post-Macondo and none of these recommendations were changed in BSEE’s regulatory reform.”
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