BSEE’s Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD) is responsible for developing and administering regulations (30 CFR part 254) that oversee the oil and gas industry’s preparedness to contain, recover and remove oil discharges from offshore facilities operating seaward of the coastline. Current regulations require that operators of these offshore oil and gas facilities submit an Oil Spill Response Plan (OSRP) that identifies the procedures and contracted spill response resources necessary to respond, to the maximum extent practicable, to the facilities’ worst case discharge (WCD).
RPS, as a member of a team led by Booz Allen Hamilton, was awarded a contract in 2014 by BSEE OSPD to 1) examine how the portfolio of worst case discharge scenarios contained within the OSRP’s in each Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region has changed over time; 2) analyze the oil spill response equipment capabilities that are currently available to respond to these discharges, and 3) provide subsequent recommendations on how the requirements for OSRPs may be improved. The goal of this project was to provide data and information to BSEE in order to update their OSRP regulations, which have not been updated in nearly 20 years. Due to changes in that time span (e.g., changes in drilling trends and risks associated with oil spills), BSEE needs to understand and analyze the changes concerning offshore oil spill risks, as well as current oil spill response industry’s ability to meet the risk through its associate equipment stockpiles, technology and strategies.
This project consisted of the following:
The full report is available at https://www.bsee.gov/site-page/worst-case-discharge-scenarios-for-oil-and-gas-offshore-facilities-and-oil-spill-response
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