The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently announced proposed revisions to its Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule. The proposed revisions will amend regulations concerning well design, well control, casing, cementing, real-time monitoring, and subsea containment in the post-Macondo world. The proposed Rule addresses some of the industry’s comments that did not make it into the Rule when it was amended in 2016. The deadline for interested parties to comment on the proposed Rule is July 10, 2018.
Some of the key changes include:
1. Clarifying rig movement reporting requirements;
2. Removing smaller lift boats from the types of vessels requiring well shut-in when they approach within 500 feet;
3. Revising the control station and pod testing schedules; and
4. Removing many of the prescriptive real-time monitoring requirements to move towards a more performance-based approach.
You can access the proposed Rule from the Federal Register here.
A recent opinion from the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit regarding Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., has left a number of oil and gas lenders bellyaching. In this case, the Second Circuit found that a mineral lessee’s lender can be held solidarily liable for certain mineral lease obligations. (more…)
We reported previously on the Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Program proposed in Louisiana (see these posts from February 15 and May 2). A public hearing relating to the recent proposed regulations will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) at 1:00 p.m. CDT at 150 Terrace Ave, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. The full notice can be found here on pages 1088 – 1090 (pages 230 – 232 of the PDF).
Scott Angelle took over as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 23. (more…)
This post is a follow-up to our February 15 post relating to proposed regulations for a natural resource damages banking program for the Louisiana coastal area. On April 20th, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) issued a corresponding oil spill compensation schedule for that program. (more…)
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the availability of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (Draft EIS). The Draft EIS addresses a region-wide lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico and contains analyses of the potential environmental impact of such a sale. (more…)
Effective March 2, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn the Obama Administration’s requests for information issued to owners and operators regarding equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas facilities. (more…)
New regulations have been proposed to establish procedures for the certification and operation of natural resource damage restoration banks in Louisiana. (more…)
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Friday, January 6, that it would suspend the implementation of the new financial assurance requirements relating to decommissioning obligations of lessees’ facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (NTL 2016-01). (more…)
The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the oil patch are limitless and can allow oil and gas companies to save money and operate efficiently and safely. (more…)