November 15, 2018

Where’s Macondo? Where’s BAST? DOI’s Offshore Rules

Milo C. Mason

On May 11, 2018, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), so called after the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster and the Macondo well blowout, proposed 59 changes to the finalized 2016 regulations on offshore well control and blowout prevention. These proposed rules admirably correct and make more accurate many of the 2016 cross references and incorporations-by-reference of American Petroleum Institute (API) standards. 83 Fed. Reg. 22,128 (May 11, 2018). Most importantly though, the proposed rules fail to fix a fundamental and previously fatal flaw in the current rules.

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