25 October 2011
Industry Workshop on Technical and Regulatory Challenges in Deep and
Ultra-Deep Outer Continental Shelf Waters
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 206 (Tuesday, October 25, 2011)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-27633]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
[Docket ID BOEM-2011-0087]
Notice of Industry Workshop on Technical and Regulatory
Challenges in Deep and Ultra-Deep Outer Continental Shelf Waters
AGENCY: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE),
ACTION: Announcement of Industry Workshop.
SUMMARY: BSEE is announcing the Effects of Water Depth Workshop. This
workshop with industry will offer a blend of technical presentations
and interactive peer review discussions expected to help identify Outer
Continental Shelf (OCS) challenges and technologies associated with oil
and gas exploration and production at various water depths. This
workshop will also identify approaches to address the water depth issue
through regulations, standards, and practices designed to safeguard
personnel, operations, and the environment.
DATES: The workshop will be held on November 2 and 3, 2011, between 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. Early sign-in begins November 1, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the San Luis Hotel, 5222
Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas 77551. Lodging at the San Luis Hotel is
available for Workshop participants.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Else, Technology
Assessment and Research Program, (703) 787-1769 or by e-mail:
Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Joseph Braun at (630) 252-5574 or by e-
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary intent of this workshop is to
support BSEE's goal of ensuring safe and environmentally sound offshore
oil and gas exploration and production in deep and ultra-deep OCS
waters. Through this workshop, BSEE will obtain feedback and analysis
from stakeholders related to drilling, production technologies,
operations, spill prevention, emergency response, and cleanup. In
addition, the two-day workshop will offer a structured venue for
consultation among offshore deepwater oil and gas industry and
regulatory experts in order to:
(a) Identify the effects of water depth and related issues on
equipment and operations; and
(b) Identify approaches to address the water depth issue through
regulations, standards, and practices designed to safeguard personnel,
operations and the environment.
This workshop will assist in improving existing regulations and
develop new regulations under the authority of the BSEE, which assumed
regulatory responsibility for safety and environmental protection over
OCS oil and gas operations effective October 1, 2011. The workshop will
also provide an opportunity to identify approaches industry can use to
address water depth issues, such as the development of new standards or
improvements in existing standards. Domestic energy reserves are
vitally important to the Nation's economic strength. BSEE is committed
to helping ensure environmental protection and human safeguards during
exploration and development of these energy reserves. This workshop is
a critical step in clearing a path forward for responsible deep water
Registration: Registration fees will be approximately $425.00 per
person to cover food, refreshments, and administrative costs.
Attendance at this workshop is by invitation only. To apply, please
visit BSEE's workshop webpage at http://www.boemre.gov/tarworkshops/EWD/Apply.htm.
You will be redirected to the U.S. Department of Energy,
Argonne National Lab's webpage to complete your application
electronically and will be contacted by Argonne National Lab staff, who
have been contracted to provide workshop registration services.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Statement
This Federal Register Notice does not refer to or impose any
collection subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et
Dated: October 17, 2011.
Robert P. LaBelle,
Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 2011-27633 Filed 10-21-11; 8:45 am]
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