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Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs

Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs

Our Mission

The Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs (OORP) drives and supports continual improvement in safety, environmental protection, and offshore resource conservation through data and risk analysis, safety improvement initiatives, regulatory development and maintenance, standards and stakeholder engagement, policy development and oversight, and emerging technology evaluations to provide strategic guidance in support of BSEE’s regulatory oversight and enforcement mission.

BSEE’s regulatory programs evaluate emerging technologies, safety improvements, and the development and maintenance of regulations, policies, standards, and guidelines. Additionally, branches of the Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs (OORP)  manage compliance programs governing oil, gas, and mineral operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 

Since OORPS’s technical staff manage BSEE’s operational and safety programs, they regularly coordinate and partner with the U.S. Coast Guard, other Federal and State agencies, industry groups, and international regulatory agencies to ensure common goals and objectives are achieved and lessons-learned are shared during safety, environmental and regulatory projects.

Our Responsibilities

  • OCS regulations and the associated policy documents
  • Safety management programs
  • Safety and pollution prevention research
  • Technology assessments
  • Best Available and Safest Technology
  • Inspection policies

Our Branches and Offices