Operating & Environmental Standards

1/31/2017: Coast Guard, BSEE partner to leverage collective authorities

The Coast Guard and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently signed four updated Memoranda of Agreements (MOA) leveraging their collective authorities in regulating Outer Continental Shelf activities in the areas of civil penalties, safety and environmental management and safety management systems, incident notification and investigations and oil discharge planning, preparedness and response.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Thomas and BSEE’s former Director Brian Salerno signed the updated Memoranda of Agreements for civil penalties, safety and environmental management(SEMS) and safety management systems (SMS), and incident notification and investigations, all dealing with offshore facilities and vessels subject to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The SEMS and SMS MOA completed a recommendation delivered to the Coast Guard by the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee to more clearly define their regulatory roles, responsibilities and jurisdictions. Additionally, Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy Dana S. Tulis and BSEE Deputy Director Margaret Schneider signed the updated MOA for oil discharge planning, preparedness and response dealing with offshore facilities and vessels subject to OCSLA.

The MOAs were implemented in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the BSEE and the Coast Guard signed Nov. 27, 2012. Their update is a significant milestone in furthering the development of coordinated oversight of OCS facilities by both agencies.

For more information, please view the full MOAs.


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