Guidance & Regulations / Regulations



In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the United States government instituted significant new safeguards to protect the environment beyond what had ever existed. These new safety measures include heightened drilling safety standards to reduce the chances that a loss of well control might occur in the first place, as well as a new focus on containment capabilities in the event of an oil spill. 

BSEE operations are governed by a wide variety of laws, regulations, and other communications with the offshore industry. The Bureau enforces compliance with these regulations and periodically updates rules to reflect advancements in technology and new information. This section provides access to BSEE rules, regulations, and guidance to the offshore industry.

Regulatory Reform - In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the government launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history.

Notices to Lessees and Operators – Communications with operators and contractors that further clarify regulations. – a U.S. government web site that enables the public to review and submit comments on Federal documents.

BSEE Federal Regulations - (eCFR)

BSEE Governing Statutes

Regulatory Interpretations