DOI and DOT Post New Regulations

BSEE Posts New Regs for Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf

—Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems

On September 7, 2016, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement posted in the Federal Register its final rules regarding oil and natural gas production safety on the Outer Continental Shelf by addressing issues such as: Safety and pollution prevention equipment design and maintenance, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. These regulations go into effect on November 7, 2016. Compliance with certain provisions of the final rule, however, will be deferred until the times specified in those provisions and as described in part II.E of the document. A copy of the new regulations may be found by following this hyperlink:


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes

Amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations

Also, today, the Department of Transportation announced in the Federal Register its intent and proposal to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. Comments on the proposed amendments to the regulations must be received by the DOT no later than November 7, 2016. The notice and proposed new regulations, which can be found by following this hyperlink: provides the information how and where to send any comments either via the internet, fax, mail or hand delivery.

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