ment is needed that will have a broad impact on industry’s license to operate.13 In both cases, industry has been successful in focusing significant resources on a critical and complex problem and in building industrywide solutions and capability without government assistance.

With the above background, it is the committee’s view that BSEE needs a trusted agent to assist BSEE in evaluating test plans and assessing the effectiveness and reliability of new systems before recommending certification that any new BAST is ready for operational use. This function could logically be accomplished under the expanded role being suggested for OESI, which will be discussed in Chapter 4.


13NTL No. 2010-N10. Statement of Compliance with Applicable Regulations and Evaluation of Information Demonstrating Adequate Spill Response and Well Containment Resources. Accessed September 25, 2013.

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