Who is the Offshore Operators Committee?

Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) was formed in the late 1940's. OOC currently has 70 operating and 25 service company members who are engaged in drilling and producing hydrocarbon resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, and territorial seas, bays and estuaries. OOC has been classified as a non-profit organization whose purposes and objectives are:

  1. To conduct a cooperative effort to become familiar with and to stay informed as to the laws, rules and regulations adopted or being considered by the various governmental entities asserting jurisdiction over matters affecting the offshore petroleum industry, and to consult with and advise such governmental entities concerning matters affecting the offshore petroleum industry.
  2. To conduct such studies and investigations as the Committee may deem appropriate with respect to the following matters:
    1. Oceanographic studies, weather forecasting, safety, pollution controls, aids to navigation and any other matters commonly affecting offshore operations.
    2. When requested to do so by governmental agencies, or by institutions or associations in the field of engineering, to take part in cooperative studies and investigations of such matters as are not contrary to Federal or State laws and which are not prejudicial to the individual rights of any Member.
  3. To contract for the services of any person, partnership, corporation or other entity to carry out any of the purposes set forth above.

OOC is generally regarded as being technically oriented and does not lobby at either the Federal or State level. OOC works with agencies to develop performance based rules and regulations that we think make good sense. OOC does develop material that is used by other organizations for lobbying purposes but the material is not usually developed for that specific reason.

Items of general interest to our membership are energy and the environment, especially the interaction between the two. Lease moratoria is a topic of interest as it is viewed by many as a policy which fails to consider technology advances made in the past few years and how they relate to environmental protection and safety performance.

Read our Mission Statement.