About the OOC

Offshore Operators Committee
Mission Statement

General Statement

The Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) is a non-profit organization comprised of any person, firm or corporation owning offshore leases and/or engaged in offshore activity as a drilling contractor, service company, supplier or other capacity that chooses to participate. As used in this Mission Statement, "offshore" shall have application to waters of and adjacent lands of that portion of the United States' Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, and adjacent territorial sea, bays, and estuaries.

The Committee's activities are focused supporting its member companies in operations that protective of human health and the environment.


Specifically, OOC will be actively engaged in, but not limited to, the following:

1. Regarding operational and regulatory issues, serve as a focal point for interaction between its members and the governmental agencies (BOEM / BSEE, COE, EPA, Coast Guard and other agencies as warranted) having jurisdiction over mineral extraction activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.

Note: While not directly involved in issues in the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, OOC will maintain a liaison with operators and monitor activity in those areas that could potentially impact operations in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean.

2. Disseminate to its membership information regarding existing and pending government agency rule making or notices that relate to offshore operational issues.

3. Encourage participation among operators, contractors, other trade organizations and regulatory representatives in activities such as forums or workshops, designed to promote regulatory awareness, and/or to share information used in development of prudent operational practices.

4. Cooperate with regulators and other industry organizations in the evaluation, or development of new or revised domestic or international offshore operational standards that could have an impact on its member's activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.

5. Perform, or participate in studies or investigations to determine, or support OOC's position on various issues effecting operational or regulatory activities. Address requests or requirements for information by regulatory agencies that relate to offshore operational issues. Engage in any other projects approved by the Executive Subcommittee and General Membership.

6. Actively seek to recruit as OOC members all offshore operators and associate members, in order to encourage their participation in, and improve their awareness of issues that affect mineral exploration and development in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.

7. Support efforts to better inform the public regarding activities in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean.