The U.S. Minerals Management Service, Department of Energy, and a Louisiana independent are developing a prototype safety and environmental management plan (SEMP) for use on the Outer Continental Shelf. DOE awarded $500,000 to Taylor Energy Co., New Orleans, to develop the plan. Taylor will document procedures, costs, and experiences during the 30 month program and share the information with other offshore producers. The project is part of an MMS effort to provide offshore producers an alternative to "command and control" regulations. It is designed to assist small and midsized independents that lack extensive environmental and safety ...

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