[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 188 (Friday, September 27, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 59632-59633]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23520]



Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

30 CFR Part 250

[Docket ID BSEE-2012-0005; 13XE1700DX EX1SF0000.DAQ000 EEEE500000]
RIN 1014-AA10

Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental 
Shelf--Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems

AGENCY: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), 

ACTION: Extension of comment period for a proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is 
extending the public comment period on the production safety systems 
proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 
22, 2013. The original public comment period would end October 21, 
2013. However, BSEE has received multiple requests from various 
industry representatives to extend the comment period. The BSEE has 
reviewed the extension requests and determined that a 45-day comment 
period extension is appropriate.

DATES: Written comments must be received by the extended due date of 
December 5, 2013. The BSEE may not fully consider comments received 
after this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the rulemaking by any of the 
following methods. Please use the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 
1014-AA10 as an identifier in your message. See also Public 
Availability of Comments under Procedural Matters.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In 
the entry titled Enter Keyword or ID, enter BSEE-2012-0005 then click 
search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view 
supporting and related materials available for this rulemaking. The 
BSEE may post all submitted comments.
     Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the 
Interior (DOI); Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; 
Attention: Regulations Development Branch; 381 Elden Street, HE3313; 
Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference ``Oil and Gas Production 
Safety Systems, 1014-AA10'' in your comments and include your name and 
return address.
     Public Availability of Comments--Before including your 
address, phone

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number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including 
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirk Malstrom, Regulations Development 
Branch, 703-787-1751, kirk.malstrom@bsee.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BSEE published a proposed rulemaking on 
production safety systems on August 22, 2013 (78 FR 52240). The 
proposed rule would amend and update the regulations regarding oil and 
natural gas production by addressing issues such as: safety and 
pollution prevention equipment lifecycle analysis, production safety 
systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. The 
proposed rule would differentiate the requirements for operating dry 
tree and subsea tree production systems on the Outer Continental Shelf 
(OCS) and divide the current subpart H into multiple sections to make 
the regulations easier to read and understand. Upon publication of the 
proposed rule, BSEE received a number of requests from multiple oil and 
gas companies and industry groups asking BSEE to extend the comment 
period on the proposed rule. Accordingly, to provide additional time 
for review of and comment on the proposed rule, BSEE is extending its 
original 60-day comment period by an additional 45 days.

    Dated: September 19, 2013.
Tommy P. Beaudreau,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management.
[FR Doc. 2013-23520 Filed 9-26-13; 8:45 am]