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Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), announced that the US Department of the Interior will begin regulating offshore oilfield contractors and service companies, in addition to the operators currently overseen by the federal agency. Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Bromwich explained that after conducting a comprehensive analysis of the events following last year’s sinking of the Deepwater Horizon and the Macondo oil spill, BOEMRE has determined that it has “broad legal authority over all activities relating to offshore leases, whether it is engaged in by lessees, operators or contractors.” He did not give a date on which BOEMRE would begin its new regulatory initiatives.
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