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Soundings Archive

BOEMRE Implements Safety Board Report
On September 1, 2010, the U.S. Department of Interior's Outer Continental Shelf Safety Oversight Board issued its report to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The Board was created on April 30, 2010 in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The Board was charged with providing recommendations to improve DOI's overall management, regulation, and oversight of OCS operations, including undertaking further audits or reviews, and reviewing existing authorities and procedures.

The Board's summary of recommendations in its report is six single-spaced pages long. Their recommendations address the following issues:

  • Permitting: Resources and Protocol for Permit Review;


  • Inspections: Program Structure, Training, Personnel and Resources, Management Support;


  • Enforcement Penalties and Incentives for Safety Compliance;


  • Environment: Environmental and Cultural Resources Protection:


  • Post-accident Investigations; and


  • Environmental Stewardship: Regulatory Framework, OSRP review, OSRP Content.
On September 4, 2010, DOI's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement sent to Secretary Salizar BOEMRE's Implementation Plan in response to the Board's draft report. The Implementation Plan states that BOEMRE concurs
    "with the safety oversight board's recommendations. This document is not a response in the usual sense; although we have minor differences with some of the observations contained in the Report, we do not address them here. We have chosen instead to describe how, without knowing in advance what the recommendations would be, we have already been moving to implement the bulk of them as part of our overall reform efforts."
  • Click here to read the Board's report
  • Click here to read BOEMRE's Implementation Plan

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