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BOEMRE issues additional guidance for offshore drilling

Posted on 29 March 2011

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) this week issued additional guidance summarizing and clarifying previously issued offshore deepwater drilling safety requirements. This guidance document also highlights BOEMRE’s process for reviewing subsea containment plans for deepwater operations.

The guidance contains no additional regulatory requirements but provides clarifying information to assist the oil and gas industry in complying with existing regulations and guidance.

The information document addresses compliance issues relating to the Drilling Safety Rule (or Interim Final Rule) and NTL-10, as well as further information on BOEMRE’s process for evaluating subsea containment information submitted by operators along with their permit applications. The information document is available here.

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