Interior beefs up offshore inspections with multiperson teams

Congress boosted funding for BOEMRE in the recent fiscal 2011 spending bill approved in April of this year, enabling more inspectors.

The new inspection process “will allow teams to inspect multiple operations simultaneously and thoroughly, and enhance the quality of inspections on larger facilities,” according to BOEMRE’s summary.

The bureau is expanding its training program, recently establishing a national training center and developing a formal curriculum.

“An initial introductory course for new inspectors was recently held for 13 new BOEMRE inspectors. In the coming months, 24 additional courses will be developed covering specific areas of offshore inspections,” the bureau said.