BOEM and BSEE: Guidance for Offshore Protection

BSEE
Friday, December 30, 2011

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has issued guidance to oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) extending existing guidance on how to conduct archaeological resources surveys and prepare archaeological reports, and adding certain additional areas for examination based on new information about the likely location of historical resources.

 

“There are more than 2,100 historic shipwrecks in the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and we have a shared responsibility to protect our cultural and historical resources,” said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. “In light of new information, recent discoveries, and advances in hydrographic survey technology, we are updating our guidance to operators to help meet this responsibility.”

 

“Oil and gas operators in the Gulf must ensure that drilling is conducted in a manner that is safe and protects environmental and cultural resources – including historical sites,” said BSEE Director James Watson.

 

Both BOEM and BSEE are required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and Executive Order 11593 to institute procedures to assure that Federal plans and programs contribute to the preservation and enhancement of non-Federally owned sites, structures and objects of historical, architectural or archaeological significance. Today’s guidance, detailed in Notice to Lessees (NTL) No. 2011-Joint-G01, builds on previous guidance to promote compliance with these and other requirements. 

 

In 2005, NTL No. 2005-G07 provided specific guidance on how to conduct archaeological resources surveys and prepare archaeological reports. This NTL remains in place and continues to establish parameters for conducting these activities. NTL No. 2008-G20 updated the list of OCS blocks requiring these surveys, as well as the required survey-line spacing for each block. Today’s NTL supersedes NTL 2008-G20.

 

Based on new information and improvements in predicting the location of archaeological sites, NTL 2011-Joint-G01 expands the zone in which assessment activities are required. Its focus includes areas where operators are already collecting high-resolution survey data for other purposes that can be used to further improve the understanding of archaeological resources without creating significant new data collection needs.

 

\NTL No. 2011-Joint-G01 is available online at: http://www.boem.gov/Regulations/Notices-To-Lessees/2011/2011-JOINT-G01-pdf.aspx.

 

The complete list of Gulf of Mexico Region OCS blocks requiring archaeological resource surveys and reports, including the blocks added in the new NTL issued today and other previously identified blocks, are included in Appendix I and published on the BOEM website: http://www.boem.gov/Environmental-Stewardship/Archaeology/surveyblocks-pdf.aspx.

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Scotland's 'No' to Independence Welcomed by Shell

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden on Friday welcomed Scotland's vote against independence. "Shell welcomes the decision by the people of Scotland to remain within the UK,

Kongsberg/Ricardo in Wind Farm Bearing Collaboration

Ricardo and KONGSBERG say that they have signed a framework agreement that will see Ricardo support the development of the Kongsberg Wind Farm Management System

Nordic American Offshore on Track Says Chairman

Herbjørn Hansson, 
Executive Chairman
 of Nordic American Offshore Ltd., informs shareholders as follows after the company's listing on the New York Stock Exchange

Environmental

USCG Cutter in Oregon Spill Drill

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday.

TESSCO Installs Chesapeake Bay Police Boat Video System

Leading networking company, TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, informs it has worked closely with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to successfully implement,

US Pollution Risks: Federal & State Summaries

The US Pollution Risks publication, recently published for its members by the UK P&I Club, compiles summaries of all the Federal and state requirements on liability,

Energy

Gazprom Supplying Gas to Europe as Contracted

Alexey Miller reported to Vladimir Putin that European consumers were receiving gas supplies entirely in line with contractual obligations. The total accumulated

ZeoGas hires Foster Wheeler to Plan Gulf Coast Project

Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with ZeoGas LLC.

LQT Delivers Accommodation Facility and Helideck in Gulf of Mexico

LQT Industries , a full-service provider of accommodation facilities, design-build construction services, and support services to the oil and gas industry, has

Government Update

Scotland's 'No' to Independence Welcomed by Shell

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden on Friday welcomed Scotland's vote against independence. "Shell welcomes the decision by the people of Scotland to remain within the UK,

Gazprom Supplying Gas to Europe as Contracted

Alexey Miller reported to Vladimir Putin that European consumers were receiving gas supplies entirely in line with contractual obligations. The total accumulated

ClassNK Issues New Rules for Inland Waterway Ships

Leading classification society ClassNK has released new technical rules and guidance for the survey and construction of inland waterway ships. As a result

Surveyors

iSURVEY Awarded Two-year Contract with Island Offshore

iSURVEY has been awarded a two-year contract with offshore vessel owner, Island Offshore Management, which will see iSURVEY AS provide positioning services to Island

Fugro Takes Delivery of 2nd Coastal Survey Vessel from Damen

Fugro yesterday took delivery of its second of the three Fugro Offshore Coastal Survey Vessels (FOCSV) being built by Damen. The Fugro Pioneer is a compact,

RRI Launch Marine Services J/V with a Trans-Atlantic Reach

Regional Reporting Inc. (RRI) and Global Risk Evaluations (GREvL) inform of the creation of a joint venture aimed at expanding their marine services offerings.

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1319 sec (8 req/sec)