Lars Herbst News

06 Dec 2017

BSEE, USCG Investigating GoM Rig Fatality

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are investigating the fatality of a worker on board the Petrobras 10,000 drillship in the Gulf of Mexico. Petrobras America Inc. reported the fatality on board the Transocean Ltd. owned drillship at about 4:45 a.m., December 2, 2017. The rig was in an area of the Gulf known as Walker Ridge 469, about 172 miles south of Port Fourchon, La. The deceased worked for Spencer Ogden Ltd. and was participating in pipe handling operations at the time of his injury.

17 May 2016

BSEE Panel for Oil Release in GoM

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is continuing its investigation of the oil release from Shell Offshore Inc.’s Glider Field on May 12. The Glider Field, located approximately 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, LA, includes subsea wells and the field’s production flows to the Brutus Platform. BSEE Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst formally established an Investigative Panel May 16. The seven-member panel is comprised of BSEE engineers, inspectors, and investigators.

15 Mar 2016

BSEE Panel to Probe Offshore Fatality

BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst has formally established an Investigative Panel. Image BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) continues its investigation into the March 10, 2016 death in the Gulf of Mexico of Roy Miller, a Nabors Drilling offshore worker. The fatal injury took place on the Nabors platform rig during maintenance activities for Whistler Energy LLC. "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Roy Miller," said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. "Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst has formally established an Investigative Panel.

07 Feb 2014

BSEE Hosts USCG Quarterly Meeting

Today, representatives of BSEE’s Gulf of Mexico Region hosted U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials in this year’s first quarterly meeting at the Gulf Region Office in New Orleans. Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst and 8th District USCG Admiral Kevin Cook met with staff from both agencies to coordinate and discuss operational issues in the Gulf of Mexico. The quarterly meetings were implemented under a Memorandum of Understanding between BSEE and USCG effective November 27…

30 Jul 2013

Recent GofM Loss of Well Control: BSEE Sets Up Investigation

Hercules 265 Rig damage: Photo courtesy of USCG

BSEE Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst has stood up a Panel Investigation into the loss of well control event that took place July 23 at South Timbalier Block 220 Well A-3, approximately 55 miles offshore Louisiana. The investigation led by BSEE will focus on determining the cause(s) of the loss of well control and developing recommendations to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. BSEE will work closely with Coast Guard for the investigation which involves reviewing information provided by witnesses and subject matter experts through interviews…

24 Jul 2013

Gulf of Mexico Jack-up Rig Evacuated

Hercules 265 Rig: Photo courtesy of BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) & the U. S. Coast Guard have set up a Command Center in their continued response to the loss of well control event 55 miles offshore Louisiana in 154 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. * AM UPDATE: The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has confirmed a fire on board the Hercules 265 Rig located approximately 55 miles offshore Louisiana. The natural gas leaking from the well ignited at 10:50 p.m. CDT July 23, 2013. No one was on board at the time of the ignition and no one was injured.

03 Jan 2012

Highly Successful IMCA Annual Seminar

USA hosted the nineteenth International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) annual seminar from 9-10 November, with its theme ‘The future of marine and subsea operations’. This year’s seminar attracted over 340 delegates, and was endorsed by IADC, OGP, MTS dynamic positioning committee, API, ADC International, OCIMF, and OOC. The two days saw a range of presentations, workshops, social events, an exhibition with stands from 19 different companies, and some strong views from speakers and delegates alike.

07 Nov 2011

IMCA Puts DP in the Spotlight

As befits the 50th anniversary of the advent of dynamic positioning (DP), the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has turned the spotlight on this invaluable technology. Earlier this year ‘Guidance for developing and conducting annual DP trials programmes for DP vessels’ (IMCA M 190) was published. Now a complementary publication ‘Example of an Annual DP Trials Report’ (IMCA M 212) is available for free download from the IMCA website. IMCA M 190 describes the development…

17 Oct 2011

New Orleans: Right Venue at the Right Time for IMCA

IMCA Chief Executive, Hugh Williams

Delegates from all over the world will be gathering in New Orleans in a matter of weeks for the 19th Annual Seminar of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). With its theme ‘The Future of Marine & Subsea Operations’, the two day event gets off to a flying start on Wednesday 9 November with a powerful keynote address session involving five key players in the industry addressing the seminar theme – to be followed the next day by a BOEMRE keynote address. “We are delighted to be welcoming IMCA President Andy Woolgar of Subsea 7…

19 Oct 2010

BOEM Director Bromwich on Aggressive Reforms

BOEM Director Michael R. Bromwich delivered a keynote address at the International Regulators Forum (IRF) Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During his visit, Director Bromwich met individually with his counterparts from the offshore regulating agencies from Australia, Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom to discuss issues of mutual interest. “Good morning. Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. “I am the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement – the agency responsible for regulating oil and gas exploration and development on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States. “Let me begin by thanking our Conference host, Canada’s Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, and in particular Mr.

29 Jul 2010

Salazar Visits GOM Rigs, Observes Inspections & Safety

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited three offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico July 28, where he received updates on the improved inspection process and additional safety requirements for blowout preventers and well construction. “We are quickly and thoughtfully implementing safety reforms for offshore energy operations to ensure workers, communities, and the environment are protected as the nation develops its energy supplies,” said Salazar. “Today, we saw production activities and shallow water drilling operations that are implementing the new standards as they continue their operations. The Secretary was accompanied by Deputy Secretary David Hayes, Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Michael R.

19 Mar 2010

Central GOM Lease Sale 213 Results

Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213, held on March 17 in New Orleans, attracted $949,265,959 in high bids. The sale was conducted by Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) and had 77 companies submitting 642 bids on 468 tracts comprising over 2.4 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The sum of all bids received totaled $ 1,300,075,693. “The bidding activity at today’s sale speaks to the future of deepwater Gulf in providing vital energy production for the nation,” said Lars Herbst, MMS Gulf of Mexico regional director. A total of 151 tracts in water depths less than 656 feet received bids. This represents 32 percent of all tracts receiving bids, an increase of five percent from last year’s Central Gulf lease sale.

17 Mar 2010

Bids Received, Central GOM Lease Sale

The offshore energy industry continues to show interest in the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf, with 67 companies submitting 642 bids on 468 tracts that are being offered offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in tomorrow’s Minerals Management Service Central Gulf Sale 213. “The industry’s interest in tomorrow’s Central Gulf oil and gas lease sale demonstrates the importance of the deepwater Gulf to future energy development” said MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst, who presided over the lease sale in the New Orleans Superdome. A total of 295 tracts in water depths greater than 1,300 ft received bids. The sealed were opened and publicly read at the sale. The high bidder for each tract will have its bid analyzed for fair market value before the lease is awarded.

15 Mar 2010

MMS Opens Central GOM Lease Sale 213

The Director of Minerals Management Service, Liz Birnbaum, will participate in the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 213 in New Orleans on March 17. She will open the Federal oil and gas lease sale at 9 a.m. CDT at the Louisiana Superdome with brief remarks. Following the bid reading, she will hold a media availability to discuss the results of the sale. The sale, held by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), encompasses 6,958 unleased blocks covering more than 36.9 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Approximately 4.1 million unleased acres in the “181 South Area” are included in this sale, with Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas sharing in revenues from tracts leased in that area.

20 Dec 2009

MMS Names Cooke Regional Supervisor

Minerals Management Service (MMS) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst has selected David W. Cooke, Ph.D. as the new Regional Supervisor for Resource Evaluation in the Gulf Region Office. As Regional Supervisor for Resource Evaluation, Dr. Cooke’s responsibilities will include overseeing economic evaluations for lease sales and reserve and resource assessments in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS.)   He will manage a staff of 135 geologists, petroleum engineers, geophysicists, and support staff who are responsible for data acquisition and management, economic analysis, resource studies, and environmentally sound oil and gas operations throughout the Gulf OCS Region. Dr.

14 Jul 2009

MMS Awards Grant to St. James Parish

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has awarded a grant for $718,620 to St. James Parish in Louisiana through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP), for the purchase of a 600-acre tract in the Coteau Chevreuil Wetlands area in South Vacherie, on the west bank of the parish. Purchase of the wetlands tract will provide protection to valuable cypress, tupelo swamp, and bottomland hardwood forest trees. South Vacherie is located approximately 35 miles west of New Orleans, and 55 miles south-southwest of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “MMS is committed to helping the state in its vital coastal restoration efforts through CIAP,” said MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst. “We are proud to partner with St. St.

20 Apr 2009

Danos & Curole Wins MMS Safety Award

On March 19, 2009, at the corporate office in Larose, representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service presented Danos & Curole with the Houma District SAFE Award. Pictured from left to right: Daryl Griffin (MMS Lead Inspector), Orvie “Shag” Shannon (Production Operator), Paul Danos (VP Domestic Operations), Marvin Vining (Construction Inspector), Bryan Domangue (MMS Houma District Manager), Mark Hill (Production Operator), Manuel Merlos (Labor Services Mana

Danos & Curole has been awarded the 2008 Houma District Production Contractor SAFE Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS). In addition, the company was also named as a finalist for the 2008 MMS National Production Contractor SAFE Award. Since the inception of the program in 1983, Danos & Curole was the recipient of the National SAFE Award three years and has received numerous district awards. On an individual level, Hank Danos (CEO), Michael…

15 Oct 2007

MMS Names New Gulf Director

The federal Mineral Management Service named Lars Herbst the new regional director of the agency’s Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region. Herbst will manage the leasing of OCS lands off five Gulf Coast states for oil, gas and other mineral development. The region includes more than 7,000 leases, which involve more than 4,000 platforms. A staff engineer with MMS since 1983, Herbst has previously served as district manager of the New Orleans district, deputy regional supervisor and regional supervisor of field operations.

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