Shallow water drillers to Bromwich: Rethink"

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September 13, 2010

Shallow water drillers to Bromwich: Rethink

Jim Noe, Executive Director of the Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition, made the following statement after today's meeting with BOEM Director Bromwich, Louisiana Lt. Governor Scott Angelle, and representatives of the shallow water drilling industry:

"We are grateful that Director Bromwich took the time today to again hear the dire concerns of the shallow water industry. With 15 of the total of 46 available shallow water rigs now idle without permits, and only 5 permits for new wells issued since April, we are clearly at an impasse with the regulators. While we share Director Bromwich's commitment to safety, BOEM must recognize that it cannot continue to shove a square peg into a round hole by treating all offshore drilling operations the same, disregarding history and geological facts. Over the last 60 years, we have drilled more than 46,000 wells in the shallow waters of the Gulf safely and without incident. Shallow water wells are mostly natural gas wells drilled into well-understood, predictable and mature reservoirs. Shallow water rigs use simple, proven well control techniques with blowout prevention equipment located on the rig above the surface of the water. We urged Director Bromwich to respect the distinct differences between shallow water operations and deep water operations, and requested that the Agency establish a tiered review process for new wells that is properly calibrated to the actual risk the well presents. With 40,000 hard working Americans depending on the shallow water business, we need to see rigs going back to work soon to avoid an economic calamity."


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