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BSEE's proposed production systems rule

BSEE's proposed production systems rule

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4310-VH-PDEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement30 CFR Part 250[Docket ID: BSEE-2012-0005; 13XE1700DX EX1SF0000.DAQ000 EEEE500000]RIN 1014–AA10Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf — Oil and GasProduction Safety SystemsAGENCY
: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Interior.
ACTION
: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY
: The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposesto amend and update the regulations regarding oil and natural gas production byaddressing issues such as: safety and pollution prevention equipment lifecycle analysis, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The proposed rule would differentiate the requirements for operating dry tree and subsea tree production systems on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and divide the current subpartH into multiple sections to make the regulations easier to read and understand. Thechanges in this proposed rule are necessary to bolster human safety, environmental protection, and regulatory oversight of critical equipment involving production safetysystems.
DATES
: Submit comments by [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS AFTER DATE OFPUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER]. The BSEE may not fully consider comments received after this date. You may submit comments to the Office of 
 
 2Management and Budget (OMB) on the information collection burden in this proposedrule by [INSERT DATE 30 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THEFEDERAL REGISTER]. The deadline for comments on the information collection burden does not affect the deadline for the public to comment to BSEE on the proposedregulations.
ADDRESSES:
You may submit comments on the rulemaking by any of the followingmethods. Please use the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1014–AA10 as an identifier in your message. See also Public Availability of Comments under Procedural Matters.
 
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titledEnter Keyword or ID, enter BSEE-2012-0005 then click search. Follow the instructionsto submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for thisrulemaking. The BSEE may post all submitted comments.
 
Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior (DOI); Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Attention: Regulations Development Branch;381 Elden Street, HE3313; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference “Oil andGas Production Safety Systems, 1014–AA10” in your comments and include your nameand return address.
 
Send comments on the information collection in this rule to: Interior Desk Officer 1014–0003, Office of Management and Budget; 202-395-5806 (fax); email:oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Please send a copy to BSEE.
 
Public Availability of Comments – Before including your address, phone number,e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should beaware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may
 
 3 be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment towithhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guaranteethat we will be able to do so.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Kirk Malstrom, RegulationsDevelopment Branch, 703-787-1751, kirk.malstrom@bsee.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This proposed rule would amend and update the Subpart H, Oil and Gas ProductionSafety Systems regulations. Subpart H has not had a major revision since it was first published in 1988. Since that time, much of the oil and gas production on the OCS hasmoved into deeper waters and the regulations have not kept pace with the technologicaladvancements.These regulations address issues such as production safety systems, subsurface safetydevices, and safety device testing. These systems play a critical role in protectingworkers and the environment. The BSEE would make the following changes to SubpartH in this rulemaking:
 
Restructure the subpart to have shorter, easier-to-read sections based on thefollowing headings:
o
 
General requirements;
o
 
Surface and subsurface safety systems – Dry trees;
o
 
Subsea and subsurface safety systems – Subsea trees;
o
 
Production safety systems;
o
 
Additional production system requirements;

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