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


06/26/2015 - VANCOUVER - The 2015 Clean Pacific Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada June 16-18, 2015 covered a wide range of prevention, preparedness and response topics, with a focus on the growth in crude transportation across the West.

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06/24/2015 - JUNEAU, ALASKA -- Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire and Rear Adm. Dan Abel, Coast Guard 17th District Commander, met here to discuss Arctic oil spill preparedness and coordination of incident management strategies.

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06/18/2015 - EVERETT, Wash.— Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno today announced that BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire this week oversaw testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system in Puget Sound to ensure compliance with stringent Federal safety standards for oil and gas exploration on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.

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