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Offshore Oil and Gas: Updated Regulations Needed to Improve Pipeline Oversight and Decommissioning

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The BSEE Director should take actions to further develop, finalize, and implement updated pipeline regulations to address long-standing limitations regarding its ability to (1) ensure the integrity of active offshore oil and gas pipelines and (2) address safety and environmental risks associated with their decommissioning. (Recommendation 1)
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In September 2021, the Department of the Interior indicated that BSEE continues to work on updating its offshore oil and gas pipeline regulations and anticipates publishing a final rule in October 2022.

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