Best and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations - March 11 Public Meeting


The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board will host the first data-gathering session for a project to identify options for the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to use in improving the implementation of the "best available and safest technologies" (BAST) requirement in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. 


The event is open to the public and will feature presentations on implementing BAST and BAST-type approaches by representatives from the bureau, other government agencies, and industry. For more information on the study and the meeting agenda, visit



The event will take place Monday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT in the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance by contacting the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail