The regulatory program for oil and gas operations conducted on the Federal OCS is administered by the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Those regulations are based upon the use of best available and safest technology. The program is intended to ensure a balance between orderly oil and gas development and protection of the environment. Simply complying with those regulations does not ensure safety and environmental protection. The technology must be integrated into the human environment of the operator through a system safety management approach to be most effective.

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