Joint Industry Letter to Administrator Shelanski on BSEE Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule (April 8, 2016)
The American Petroleum Institute (API), the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC), the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA), and the US Oil and Gas Association appreciate the opportunity on March 21, 2016, to meet with representatives from OIRA and other federal agencies regarding the proposed rule from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) addressing offshore Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control. We felt that the discussion was productive, and we hope that the government representatives in attendance found the information useful in their work to improve this important rule.
As we expressed at the meeting, we strongly believe that offshore operations must be conducted safely and that this rule must enhance the protection of human life and the environment. We continue to have significant concerns, however, that the rule as proposed may have unintended negative consequences for safety and the environment, as well as for the nation’s economy. Our foremost concern is that the proposed rule may decrease safety and increase risk. Fortunately, we believe that there is still an opportunity for the rule to be revised to improve offshore safety.
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