World Oilfield Forum
I attended the safety panel and presentations at OTC-2013 in the expectation of being able to write a report on the "Advances in Offshore Safety." Hmm. It hasn't worked out that way so far.
The blow-out, explosions and ensuing oil spill at the Macondo well in 2010 led to changes in the industry, both cosmetic and substantive. Of these, the American public knows only about the cosmetic ones, starting with changes in the names of agencies responsible for federal oversight of operators in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS): from MMS to BOEMRE to BSEE. Drilling permit applications are now 350 pages, not 50 pages, as before.
On May 9, 2013, BSEE issued a policy statement that listed the nine points of a "robust safety culture."http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Press-Releases/2013/Press05092013...
On Friday, I called BSEE, and spoke with Jarvis Abbott. I asked if BSEE had contacted cultural anthropologists in devising its statement about culture. He offered to ask around and get back to me.
Some cultural anthropologists make the distinction between "ideal culture" and "real culture." The former is aspirational, then latter factual. The BSEE statement is clearly aspirational, a statement of idealized expectations, but without metrics or enforceability.
BSEE is about 10 years behind the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway, which issued a 35-page booklet on HSE culture in 2004. BSEE in 2013 has a one-page list of attributes, with a discussion limited to just one sentence each.
I tentatively conclude that the likelihood of a Macondo-2 has been reduced, but only in the mind of the American public, as none of the specific issues that led to the original Macondo have been addressed.
I would like to be wrong in reaching this conclusion.
Question: Can anyone tell me why I'm wrong?