BSEE extends comment period for proposed offshore safety systems rule

9/27/2013

BSEE extends comment period for proposed offshore safety systems rule

WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has announced a 45-day extension to the public comment period for the proposed rule on offshore oil and natural gas production safety systems. Comments will now be accepted through Dec. 5, 2013.

The proposed rule will revise 30 CFR 250 subpart H, Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems, to address recent technological advances. This section of the regulations has not had a major revision since it was first published in 1988. During that period, industry’s use of subsea trees and other technologies have evolved or become more prevalent offshore.

These devices and materials include foam firefighting systems; electronic-based emergency shutdown systems; subsea pumping, waterflooding, and gaslift; and new alloys and equipment for high-pressure, high-temperature wells. The proposed rule ensures that the regulations governing their use and maintenance are keeping pace with industry’s advancements and that they address these newer and emerging safety technologies.

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