Aggressive, effective safety inspection programs are key elements to ensuring that oil- and gas-producing platform operations on the outer continental shelf are conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Although the oil and gas leaseholders themselves are primarily responsible for the soundness of their operations, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior is charged with prescribing safe practices and inspecting platforms. In response to an MMS request, this book examines possible revisions of MMS's inspection system, appraises inspection practices elsewhere—both in government and industry—assesses the advantages and disadvantages of alternative procedures, and recommends potentially more efficient practices aimed at increasing industry's awareness of its accountability for safety.
Table of Contents
|2. Current Inspection Program: Evolution and Practice||20-38|
|3. Major Considerations in Formulating an Inspection Program||39-44|
|4. Alternative Approaches to Safety Inspection||45-50|
|5. Considerations in Evaluating OCS Inspection Alternatives||51-57|
|6. Assessment of Present Program and Alternatives||58-74|
|7. Redirection of Inspector Activity to Enhance the Inspection Program||75-79|
|8. Findings, Conclusions, Recommendations||80-83|
|Appendix A: Commentary on Federal Management of OCS Operations||86-86|
|Appendix B: U.S. Coast Guard Inspection Program for Fixed OCS Oil and Gas Facilities||87-89|
|Appendix C: Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Excerpts, 43 U.S.C.||90-93|
|Appendix D: Data on PINCs and INCs||94-97|
|Appendix E: MMS Inspector Position Description: Petroleum Engineering Technician GS-0802-11 Offshore Oil and Gas District||98-102|
|Appendix F: Commentary on Representative Safety Goals and Approaches||103-105|
|Appendix G: Commentary on the Feasibility of Sampling||106-107|
|Appendix H: Commentary on United Kingdom and Norwegian Inspection Requirements||108-111|
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