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February 2016

Vol. 21, No. 7 Week of February 14, 2016

Final drilling safety rule goes to OMB

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has completed a final version of new offshore drilling safety regulations and sent the regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for review, prior to the public release of the new rules. OMB, a part of the Executive Office of the President, must review the costs and benefits of the regulations, before the regulations can be published.

The new regulations, developed in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and published in proposed form in April, place stringent requirements on well design and on the use of equipment such as blowout preventers. Requirements in the regulations, as proposed, include the use of blowout preventers with double shear rams and technology for centering the drill pipe in the blowout preventer during a shearing operation.

The regulations will apply to drilling on the federal outer continental shelf.

- ALAN BAILEY






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