BSEE Unveils Revised “Rigs To Reefs” Policy

The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently announced the availability of a revised internal policy for evaluating proposals to convert obsolete offshore oil and gas production platforms into artificial reefs.

Among other things, the revised policy removes the requirement for a 5-miles buffer zone between designated reefing areas, removes certain restrictions to reefing in place, allows for regulatory decommissioning deadline extensions for facilities that companies are actively pursuing acceptance into a state program, and removes storm-toppled platforms from consideration.