Modernizing the U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Inspection Program for Increased Agility and Safety Vigilance

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) to convene an expert committee to evaluate its offshore oil and gas inspection program and to advise on ways the program could be improved and augmented. Given the expectation, based on interpretations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, that inspections are to be conducted on each offshore facility at least once per year, BSEE faces many challenges as it seeks to fulfill its stated mission “to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources through vigorous regulatory oversight.” The challenges include keeping up with rapidly advancing and changing exploration and production technologies, the growing number of more varied, complex, and difficult to access facilities operating in deeper water and on the seafloor, and an aging population of legacy platforms mostly operating in shallow water. While BSEE has taken a number of initiatives to meet these challenges, it faces many constraints and will need to make many strategic choices to innovate and evolve its inspection program to keep pace with this continually changing offshore energy landscape. The expert committee's findings and recommendations from the review are presented in this special report.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Prepublication Copy
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 160p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 338

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01767967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309374651
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2021 3:19PM