S&E: The Great Debate: A Safety Case Regime for U.S. Offshore Drilling and Production?

In May 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior recommended a safety case regime (and other measures) to increase safety for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. In September 2010, a final interim recommendation is expected from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOE; formerly the Minerals Management Service, MMS). The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is developing U.S. Guidance on HSE Case Bridging Documents.
Please join the SPE Gulf Coast Section Safety and Environment Study Group for an informative, lively discussion about the possible requirement of safety cases for U.S. offshore drilling. Panelists will include leaders from industry associations, the drilling industry, oil and gas exploration, and safety case experts.
The moderated discussion will pose some tough questions – both prepared and live from the audience.  For example, should a safety case regime be brought to U.S. offshore drilling? If so, should it mirror other safety case regulatory regimes (such as Australia, Cuba, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) or should it be a U.S. invention?  Should safety case implementation be voluntary and self-regulated?  If not, what are the alternatives?
What is Safety Case?
8:30 – 9:15
45 minutes
Introduction / Set the Stage
9:15 – 9:30
15 minutes
Dr. Lee Hunt
Safety Case in Drilling
9:30 – 9:50
20 minutes
Ken Arnold
Senior Technical Advisor
Safety Case in Production
9:50 – 10:10
20 minutes
10:10 – 10:30
20 minutes
Gary Sauer
Where is the Value?
10:30 – 10:50
20 minutes
10:50 – 11:00
10 minutes
Panelists Q&A
11:00 – 11:25
25 minutes
Roundtable Discussions
11:25 – 11:55
30 minutes
11:55 – 12:55
60 minutes
Safety Case in Action
Introduction / Set the Stage
12:55 – 1:10
15 minutes
Kevin Kinsella
Lessons Learned from the UK Offshore Safety Case Regime
1:10 – 1:35
25 minutes
Greg Dillard
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Issues and Challenges
1:35 – 2:00
25 minutes
Angelo Pinheiro
Senior HES Professional
ANSI Z10 Standard and the Proposed Changes
2:00 – 2:25
25 minutes
2:25 – 2:35
10 minutes
Panelists Q&A
2:35 – 3:05
30 minutes
Roundtable Discussions
3:05 – 3:35
30 minutes
Wrap up / Adjourn
3:35 – 4:00
10 minutes
Organizer Gaurav Sharma