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  •  Perhaps the New Guidelines? (1+ / 0-)
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    "Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the OCS*" (pdf)

    (*Outer Continental Shelf)

    The new regs "for immediate implementation" may hold off drilling in spite of the legal wrangling going on as companies will need to come into compliance in order to resume operations.

    Operators must review their operations to ensure that they are performed in a safe and
    workmanlike manner as required by §250.107(a)(1). In addition, each operator must certify that
    they have conducted the following specific reviews of their operations:

    1. Examine all well control system equipment (both surface and subsea) currently being used to ensure that it has been properly maintained and is capable of shutting in the well during emergency operations. Ensure that Blowout Preventers (BOPs) are able to perform their designated functions. Ensure that the ROV hot-stabs are function-tested and are capable of actuating the BOP.
    1. Review all rig drilling, casing, cementing, well abandonment (temporary and permanent), completion, and workover practices to ensure that well control is not compromised at any point while the BOP is installed on the wellhead.
    1. Review all emergency shutdown and dynamic positioning procedures that interface with emergency well control operations.
    1. Ensure that all personnel involved in well operations are properly trained and capable of performing their tasks under both normal drilling and emergency well control operations. Operators must submit to MMS: (1) a general statement by the operator’s Chief Executive Officer (authorized official) certifying the operator’s compliance with all operating regulations at 30 CFR 250 and (2) a separate statement certifying compliance with each of the 4 specific items above.

    You must certify each of the 4 specific items above separately, and include the following statement in your written certification: "By signing this certification, I certify in my capacity as authorized official that the statements herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.
    I understand that the submission of false statements to the United States is a criminal offense under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001."

    Deadline for submission in June 28, 2010.  If the operator can't sign and certify by that time,

    the operator must submit an explanation of the circumstances for failure to certify and a plan to certify, including a timetable for the certification. Failure to provide this certification will result in the issuance of an incident of non-compliance and may result in a shutin order.

    There are new requirements regarding BOPs and other stuff.

    "ingratiation and access . . . are not corruption." -- Justice Kennedy (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010)

    by Limelite on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 02:15:58 PM PDT

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