API Letter to BSEE-BOEM regarding Arctic Rules Package (May 27, 2015)
The American Petroleum Institute (API) submits these comments on the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) jointly published proposed new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska (Alaska OCS). The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register February 24, 2015 at 80 FR 9915 (Volume 80, Number 36, Pages 9915–9971).
With this letter, API provides its comments to this rulemaking. API is a national trade association representing over 625 member companies involved in all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry. API’s members include producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators, and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry. API and its members are dedicated to meeting environmental requirements, while safely and economically developing and supplying energy resources for consumers. API members have significant interest in ensuring that there are future opportunities for offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development in the United States (“U.S.”) so that the nation can capitalize on industry expertise that has been garnered through years of successful and beneficial exploration, development and production of domestic OCS oil and natural gas resources, including the resources that are believed likely to be found in the Alaska OCS. API members are engaged in exploration and production for crude oil and natural gas in the OCS portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, and hold leases issued by BOEM in these areas.
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