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


10/30/2014 - Yesterday, BSEE Associate Director of Strategic Engagement Allyson Anderson, spoke at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Oil Spill Response Forum in Durham, N.H.

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10/28/2014 - Today, BSEE Director Brian Salerno spoke at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium in College Station, Texas. The two and a half day symposium is a meeting place for industry, academia, government agencies, and other stakeholders to discuss process safety research.

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10/28/2014 - The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) National Offshore Training Program (NOTP) continued to grow in Fiscal Year 2014, with more technical courses, increased participants, and more contact hours with BSEE staff.  The NOTP, a comprehensive, multi-tiered program designed to enhance the abilities of BSEE staff and promote strong leadership skills, delivered 79 technical courses in FY 2014, an increase of 29 technical courses over FY 2013.  Those 79 technical courses resulted in over 23,000 hours of training for BSEE staff. A total of 955 participants successfully completed courses in FY 2014, which includes a number of employees completing multiple courses. That number is expected to grow, with 15 new technical courses planned for FY 2015.

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