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IADC praises Coast Guard withdrawal of decades old offshore proposed regulation

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In the 19 September 2018 Federal Register, the U.S. Coast Guard made public its withdrawal of the “Outer Continental Shelf Activities” proposed rule, which was initially published in December of 1999. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement: “The withdrawal of this proposed rule by the U.S. Coast Guard is long overdue. After sitting on the shelf for nearly 20 years, the provisions contained in the proposed rule have long ago been rendered obsolete by an industry that prides itself on embracing technological advances. At IADC, we have advocated for the Coast Guard to withdraw their proposal in order to facilitate an open dialogue regarding regulations that reflect the current state of the industry. We would like to thank ...

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PSA Norway proposes unifying drawworks standards

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Throughout Europe, drilling operations are governed by multiple sets of industry standards – some of which are regulations imposed by external organizations, such as governmental bodies, and others are best practices developed within the industry. Occasionally, these various procedures don’t align. This lack of unity has led to drillers and operators attempting to comply with as many as 90 different sets of regulations, some of which were issued by a different authority and some of which governed the same operations on operations, according to Ola Heia, Principal Engineer for Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway. During a presentation on 11 September at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Austin, Texas, Mr Heia described how the PSA came up with ...

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US Forest Service eyes drilling approval for Ruby Mountains

The US Forest Service is considering a proposal to allow oil and gas exploration in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains. The proposal would open more than 50,000 acres to drilling, with caveats that operators could not disturb the surface of the mountain range. The Forest Service’s proposal is detailed in a draft environmental assessment, which was obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group opposed to drilling. If the plan is adopted, drilling companies will be able to place rigs on adjacent BLM property and utilize directional drilling techniques to access any reserves under the mountains. The 75-mile long stretch of land being considered runs down the mountain range’s western slope, right through the middle of the Pine Valley play ...

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IADC supplier metrics, scorecard aims to align expectations, promote performance improvement

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The IADC Supply Chain Committee has developed standard supplier metrics and a scorecard. The supplier metrics were evaluated on impact to the supply chain process and the measurability by both suppliers and drilling contractors, according to Andy Poosuthasee, Director of Supply Chain for Vantage Drilling, who also serves on the IADC committee. The standard metrics will be used to create a balanced scorecard that drillers can share with suppliers so they understand the driller’s priorities and expectations, and are relevant and meaningful with their areas of expertise and business. Watch DC’s video as Managing Editor Linda Hsieh talks with Mr Poosuthasee about the driver for developing these metrics and how they work. A FAQ about the supplier metrics and scorecard ...

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IADC supports House Natural Resources Committee passage of BLM Onshore Permitting Bills

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The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed three bills that will eliminate delays in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) onshore permitting process. IADC supports today’s passage of H.R. 6087: Removing Barriers to Energy Independence Act; H.R 6088: Streamlining Permitting Efficiencies in Energy Development Act and H.R. 6107: Ending Duplicative Permitting Act. IADC is also supportive of the committee’s passage last week of H.R. 6106: Common Sense Permitting Act. In response, IADC President Jason McFarland issued the following statement: “IADC has long been a supporter of energy laws and regulations that responsibly enable the exploration and production of oil and natural gas on Federal lands. Unfortunately, despite soaring production levels in the U.S., production on Federal lands continues to ...

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