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ERM participates in SPE debate on A Safety Case Regime for US Offshore Drilling and Production?

10 September 2010

Following on from the success of two ERM seminars looking at what the UK’s HSE-like safety case might look like in the US, ERM has participated in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Chapter’s Great Debate: A Safety Case Regime for US Offshore Drilling and Production?

In May 2010, the US Department of the Interior recommended a safety case regime (and other measures) to increase safety for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. In September 2010, a final interim recommendation is expected from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE; formerly the Minerals Management Service, MMS). The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is developing US Guidance on HSE Case Bridging Documents.

The SPE event held in Houston, Texas, US, on Thursday 16 September, included a panel of speakers comprising leaders from industry associations, the drilling industry, oil and gas exploration and safety case experts.

Together they addressed some tough questions such as whether a safety case regime should be brought to US offshore drilling. If so, should it mirror other safety case regulatory regimes (such as Australia, Cuba, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) or should it be a US invention?  Should safety case implementation be voluntary and self-regulated?  If not, what are the alternatives?

ERM’s Trey Shaffer who is Chairman of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Safety and Environment Study Group, chaired the debate, and was joined by ERM’s Global Risk Practice Lead Malcolm Hutton who moderated the discussion and ERM’s Risk Practice Lead for EMEA, Kevin Kinsella who presented on Lessons Learned from the UK Offshore Safety Case Regime.

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