BOEM, BSEE Extend Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) today announced they will extend the public comment period for 30 days for proposed regulations to ensure that future exploratory drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are done safely and responsibly, subject to strong and proven operational standards.

The proposed Arctic-specific regulations focus solely on offshore exploration drilling operations within the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas. Using a combination of performance-based and prescriptive standards, the proposed regulations codify and further develop current Arctic-specific operational standards that seek to ensure that operators take the necessary steps to plan through all phases of offshore exploration in the Arctic, including mobilization, drilling, maritime transport and emergency response, and conduct safe drilling operations while in theater.

The original 60-day comment period ends on April 27. The 30-day extension will end on May 27 and will allow the public more time to provide input.

The proposed regulations are available HERE.