HOUSTON, TX, September 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Paul Comet, Houston scientist
, has spent years researching and studying oil and gas drilling. As a passionate presence in the industry, Comet follows the latest trends and developments to see how they will impact production and the environment. Over the years, as technology has become more advanced, companies have been able to access reserves that were previously unreachable. These new areas of exploration offer great rewards but come at a high risk. A recent article
in Hispanic Business reveals proposals for stricter laws that would govern offshore oil drilling in an effort to improve safety and Paul Comet, Houston researcher, is paying close attention.
Oil drilling has ventured into deeper waters and more complex regions in recent years. This has prompted the Obama administration to take a closer look at safety measures and standards that have not faced significant revisions since 1988. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement developed a 149-page proposal seeking changes to the current laws. The proposal would not only "tighten standards for oil and gas production systems used offshore," but would also "require more rigorous lifetime assessments of critical safety and pollution prevention equipment." According to James Watson, director of the safety bureau, "The new rule will help regulations keep pace with changing technologies that have enabled the industry to explore and develop resources in deeper waters."
When digging to depths greater than 4,000 feet, companies often install trees on the seafloor rather than above the surface. These devices are accessed and monitored remotely to control pressure, temperature, and flow rate. The proposed rule would require companies to keep better documentation about maintenance to the systems and call for these companies to report failures in safety and pollution prevention equipment more frequently. In addition, all equipment would undergo "life cycle analysis," a process in which the equipment is continually reviewed from design and manufacturing to use and decommissioning. This rule would place more emphasis on the importance of safety.
Another part of the proposal would "require that engineering documents be stamped by registered professional engineers and made available to federal regulators on request." Current regulations require companies to use the best available and safest technology whenever practical. The proposal would change this from "whenever practical" to "whenever the safety bureau deems it economically feasible for new drilling and production operations or practicable on existing operations." It would, however, allow operations to ask for exceptions when the costs outweigh the benefits.
"The proposal aims to update regulations to align better with the scope of technology available," says Paul Comet, Houston scientist. "Oil drilling processes have changed over the years and safety has become more of a concern. They are looking to protect the environment and the people involved. This would change how the industry functions and affect many of its current processes." The article notes that the public has sixty days to comment on the proposed changes but the oil and gas industry is expected to ask for more time. Paul Comet, Houston scientist, is interested to hear the industry's response and see how the proposal plays out.
Paul Comet, Houston scientist
and researcher, has a wealth of knowledge regarding many facets of the science world. He holds several degrees including a Bachelor of Science in geology with a minor in organic chemistry; a Master of Science in micropaleontology; and a PhD in organic geochemistry. He also completed postdoctoral work on Hydrous Pyrolysis of DSDP Sediments. Dr. Comet's work has reached publication numerous times and he has presented his findings to other professionals in the industry. Two of his most important works were his oil correlation study and the Planetary Greenhouse Gas Regulation through Management of Municipal Waste.