The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has developed a dedicated web page to provide guidance as the Well Control Rule is poised to take effect on 28 July. The page can be accessed here and here.
One issue of significant interest is the reporting of BOP equipment failure data. This was the subject of the most recently posted guidance:
“BSEE is currently working with the industry to ensure that the terminology, data and content for failure reporting information is consistent with the existing data reporting systems that are currently being used within a large part of the industry. We believe that consistent reporting processes and formats will facilitate other sharing of data across the industry. BSEE will also be providing operators with the option of reporting information directly to the SafeOCS reporting system through the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS is currently ensuring that the systems and processes are in place to accept this type of data directly from operators. BSEE will be issuing specific guidance on these issues in the next several weeks. Until this process is fully operational, operators should use one of the following options to report failures:
- Download the BOP Component Failure Form from the SafeOCS website and submit it electronically to BSEE. The form will be available on 28 July.
- Print the BOP Component Failure Form and submit a paper copy to BSEE: Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs Bureau Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166.
- Send a faxed hard copy to Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs at +1-703-787-1093.”