Arctic Resources and American Competitiveness: Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 16, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the June 16, 2015 hearing "Arctic Resources and American Competitiveness" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the testimony of Mr. Brian Salerno: "The Arctic has a unique environment that requires special sensitivity and attention to all aspects of operations, from monitoring for ice in the water to examining what could happen to any potential fluid discharges in these cold waters. The requirements for emergency preparedness are different to those in the lower 48. In the Arctic, it is imperative to ensure there is enough time left in the season to conduct emergency operations, should they be needed, before the water freezes over and it becomes difficult or impossible to respond to a well control event. […] The proposed regulations are consistent with the Administration's thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and gas exploration, and take into account the unique, challenging and unpredictable characteristics of the Arctic environment. They address the operational challenges of geographic remoteness, extreme weather, sea ice and lack of infrastructure. They also require specialized practices for conducting drilling and related operations, and establish a proactive approach to offshore safety. More specifically, the proposed regulations codify requirements that will ensure that all Arctic offshore operators and their contractors are appropriately prepared for Arctic conditions. They would require operators to develop an integrated operations plan that details all phases of the exploration program for purposes of advance planning and risk assessment. With an emphasis on safe and responsible exploration, the proposed rule also would require operators to submit region-specific oil spill response plans, have prompt access to source control and containment equipment, and have available a separate relief rig to timely drill a relief well if necessary in the event of a blowout." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Brian Salerno, Richard Glenn, Drue Pearce, Christine A. Resler, and Michael LeVine.

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