MMS Publishes Proposed Rule for Safety and Environmental Managment Systems for OCS Oil and Gas Operations


Public review and comment accepted through September 15, 2009

FR Notice:  Proposed Rule for Safety and Environmental Management Systems for OCS Oil and Gas Operations  

The Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service recently published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to require offshore oil and gas operators to develop and implement a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) focusing on human behavior in addition to equipment regulation.

The public can comment on the proposed rule through September 15, 2009.

The SEMS would consist of four elements—Hazards Analysis, Management of Change, Operating Procedures, and Mechanical Integrity—that have not previuosly been covered by MMS regulations.

The proposed rule invited public comment from interested parties by one of two methods:

1.         Federal eRulemaking Portal  ( Under the tab ‘‘More Search Options,’’ click  ‘‘Advanced Docket Search,’’ then select ‘‘Minerals Management Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click “submit”.   In the Docket ID column, select MMS-2008-OMM-0003 to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials available for this rulemaking.

2.         Mail or hand-carry comments to:

U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service

Attention: Regulations and Standards Branch

(RSB); 381 Elden Street, MS–4024,

Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817.

Please reference "Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations, 1010-AD15" in your comments and include your name and return address.






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