Submitting Complete Exploration and Development Plans

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, the Obama Administration put in place significant new safeguards to protect the environment beyond what has ever existed before, including stronger regulations for exploration plans (EPs) and development operation coordination documents (DOCDs). For more information on new applicable regulations and standards for both shallow and deepwater drilling operations, go to: Regulatory Reform

The Bureau's Plans Section conducts in-depth reviews of EPs and DOCDs to ensure compliance with regulations. These reviews address shallow-drilling hazards, seafloor hazards, resource conservation, bonding, oil-spill response capability, air quality, archaeological concerns, biological concerns, live-bottom concerns, and military issues.

BOEM is committed to the efficient and thorough processing of EPs and DOCDs, and has provided the following fact sheets and documents to assist offshore operators in submitting complete and accurate plan applications, which will decrease processing delays:

Presentations from the Technical Workshop with Industry to Facilitate Compliance and Efficient Plan Reviews (April 25, 2012)