ABSTRACT

Oil and Gas Management: Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Restructuring Has Not Addressed Long-Standing Oversight Deficiencies, Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "On April 20, 2010, the 'Deepwater Horizon' drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in 11 deaths, serious injuries, and the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. In response, in May 2010, Interior reorganized offshore oil and gas management activities--energy development, revenue collection, and regulatory oversight --into separate bureaus. In October 2011, Interior created BSEE [Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement] to manage regulatory oversight. Since then, BSEE has undertaken reform efforts but has not fully addressed deficiencies in its investigative, environmental compliance, and enforcement capabilities identified by investigations after the 'Deepwater Horizon' incident. In October 2013, BSEE initiated an organizational restructuring to address continuing oversight deficiencies. GAO [U.S. Government Accountability Office] was asked to review BSEE's efforts to enhance its oversight capabilities. This report examines the extent to which BSEE's ongoing restructuring has enhanced its capabilities for (1) investigations, (2) environmental compliance, and (3) enforcement. GAO reviewed laws, regulations, and policies, related to BSEE's restructuring and oversight activities. GAO also interviewed BSEE officials and industry representatives. […] GAO recommends, among other things, that BSEE (1) complete and update its investigative policies and procedures, (2) conduct and document a risk analysis of the regional-based reporting structure, and (3) develop procedures for enforcement actions. Interior neither agreed nor disagreed with GAO's recommendations."

Report Number:
GAO-16-245
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Date:
2016-02
Copyright:
Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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