The non-essential personnel, who were evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead the Tropical Storm Barry, are now returning to their platforms as flights and normal crew-change activities are resuming, Shell informed.
As the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement informs, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated platforms and rigs in response to Tropical Storm Barry. Specifically, personnel have been evacuated from 283 production platforms, 42.3% of the 669 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst has established two panels to investigate two serious incidents that took place in the Gulf of Mexico last week. Investigation panels will issue reports with their findings regarding the causes and make suggestions on how to improve current safety measures after the investigations are completed.
Graphic Products’ Alison Warner designed an infographic presenting all the dangers that are lying behind the oil and gas industry. The equipment, the flammable chemicals and high pressures can easily result to fatal accidents. The oil and gas industry is amongst the most dangerous jobs in America, this is why it has one of the most thorough safety training programs.
On May 2, the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released the final improved Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control regulations. BSEE’s final Well Control Rule claims that it removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to responsible offshore development while maintaining safety and environmental protection.
The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) decided to withdraw several offshore safety rules that were enacted under the Obama administration-era Well Control Rule. According to data provided by BSEE the department has been issuing hundreds of waivers for a number of these rules, prior to their repeal.
US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations from a recent risk-based Inspection. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce risks associated with fired vessels.
Through its SafeOCS program, the US BSEE released its annual report Blowout Prevention System Safety, informing that through 2017, 18 of 25 operators associated with rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico reported 1,129 equipment component failure events, which represents a decrease from 2016.
As BSEE informed, in January 2018, during a swing rope transfer in the Gulf of Mexico, a contract operator fell into the water. He was quickly recovered, but he had already injured his elbow, which needed to undergo surgery. Under this, BSSE provided recommendations to prevent similar cases in the future.
After the Federal Register of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s proposed revisions to the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule, the Independent Petroleum Association of America welcomed the bureau’s advancing of safer offshore industry operations.
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