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


02/04/2016 - WASHINGTON - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno welcomed U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas and other Coast Guard senior officers to BSEE's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the first quarterly meeting between the two agencies Jan. 29, 2016.

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02/04/2016 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Alaska Region staff visited with Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) students at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus Jan. 22 to highlight BSEE’s continued efforts in the Arctic.

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02/02/2016 - ​Today, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement sent a Safety Alert to the offshore oil and gas industry concerning connector​ and​ bolt​ failures​ in critical safety equipment currently deployed offshore. More information, including the Safety Alert, ​can be found at www.bsee.gov/bolts​

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