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


05/27/2016 - To commemorate the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, staff from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) held a ceremony May 26 in Sterling, Virginia.  Keynote speakers included Brian Salerno, BSEE Director; Dr. Rodney Cluck, BOEM Chief of Environmental Sciences; Deanna Meyer-Pietruska, BOEM Chief of Policy, Regulation and Analysis; and Jacob Lee from BSEE’s Office of Policy and Analysis.  Organized by veterans from BOEM and BSEE, the event was attended by more than 100 employees.  During the event a memorial plaque was presented and will be displayed in the Bureaus’ offices.

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05/26/2016 - NEW ORLEANS - The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is attending the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual conference in New Orleans May 23-26 as part of its growing focus on renewable energy. The BSEE currently provides technical reviews of project plans and facility designs for offshore wind projects in federal waters, and provides input on the technology used for the generation of offshore renewable energy. Building from its technical role, the Bureau is in the process of developing regulations and safety and environmental compliance guidelines for offshore renewable energy facilities. The Bureau is also establishing procedures and criteria for inspections of these facilities.

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05/16/2016 - NEW ORLEANS - BSEE Announces Investigation Panel for Oil Release in the Gulf of Mexico 2016-05-16   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is continuing its investigation of the oil release from Shell Offshore Inc.’s Glider Field on May 12. The Glider Field, located approximately 97 miles south of Port Fourc

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