On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that they had entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning offshore safety and environmental regulations. The Coast Guard and BSEE share jurisdiction over oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Coast Guard regulates the safety of life and property and of navigation and the environment on OCS units and vessels engaged in OCS activities, as well as oil spill preparedness and response on the OCS and security on OCS installations. The BSEE exercises safety and environmental protection functions related to OCS facilities, including permitting of OCS operations. The MOA was developed in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the agencies on November 27, 2012 that coordinates regulation and enforcement on the Outer Continental Shelf. The MOA was effective April 30, 2013.
The MOA was signed in order to...
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