Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RIGZONE - Industry Not Expected To Fight Live Offshore Viewing

I'm not sure what world they are living in, but "live monitoring" of offshore jobs has been going on for a long time...Granted, it is not a standard/requirement, but most jobs have it.


RIGZONE - Industry Not Expected To Fight Live Offshore Viewing:

"Access to images perhaps similar to those that captivated viewers in real time around the world during the Deepwater Horizon disaster would be standard procedure under a new set of proposed federal offshore guidelines. 

 These include the live monitoring of deepwater and high-temperature/high pressure drilling activities, similar to what is currently used onshore. 

 “The real-time monitoring requirement ensures that the operator has access to onshore technical expertise if needed and that there is ‘another set of eyes’ available during critical operations,” according to the statement.

Houston personal injury lawyer Charles Herd, a partner at The Lanier Law Firm, which represented commercial plaintiffs during the Deepwater Horizon litigation, said he doesn’t expect much pushback from the agency on this particular requirement. 

 “Not only has it been an advantage in onshore applications, it is certainly reasonable,” he told Rigzone. “It should’ve been done (offshore) before now.”"

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