During a BSEE-directed unannounced exercise in the Gulf of Mexico (April 2013) offshore operator Noble Energy shipped this 600-ton capping stack to a simulated well hole 5, 047 feet below the surface.
Platforms Ellen and Elly offshore near Long Beach, Calif in BSEE’s Pacific Region. Ellen (right) is a production platform connected by a walkway to Platform Elly (left), a processing platform for both Ellen and another platform, Eureka.
Alaska’s Northstar Island in the Beaufort Sea, built of gravel six miles off the Alaska coastline. Built during the winter months of 2000, it has been in operation since 2001.
Testing oil spill containment equipment is a critical part of BSEE's mission protecting safety and the environment on the Outer Continental Shelf. Some testing is done at Ohmsett National Oil Spill Response Research Facility in BSEE's 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank for simulating ocean conditions.

News Briefs


10/15/2014 - Last week, BSEE Pacific Region Director Jaron Ming and BSEE engineers Theresa Bell and Stan Kaczmarek attended the California State Lands Commission's Prevention First 2014 conference at the Westin Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, Calif. Now in it's 11th year, the two-day event serves as an onshore and offshore pollution prevention symposium and technology exhibition.

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10/10/2014 -  Yesterday, Janice Schneider, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Mary Landry, U.S. Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy, joined BSEE Director Brian Salerno and BSEE Deputy Director Margaret Schneider for a tour and demonstration at Ohmsett, BSEE's National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility in Leonardo, New Jersey.

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10/06/2014 - On October 1, BSEE Oil Spill Response Division Senior Analyst, Craig Ogawa, spoke at the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Ogawa participated on a panel with NOAA and Environment Canada, and updated the task force on BSEE's dispersant research projects.

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