BSEE orders companies to stop work
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) cited 12 offshore operators for their failure to demonstrate compliance with the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) requirements of the Workplace Safety Rule, 30 CFR Subpart S. The SEMS requirements were put in place in October 2010, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The regulations required offshore operators were required to complete an initial SEMS audit by November 15, 2013.
Five of these companies were directed to halt operations because they failed to provide the Bureau an audit plan and completed audit by the regulatory deadline. The companies were given three days to reach a safe point in their operations before ceasing work. Most of the companies were conducting plugging and abandonment or other decommissioning activities, and the Bureau has determined that the impact of this enforcement action on Gulf of Mexico production is minuscule.
Further information can be found on the BSEE website.