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


09/29/2014 - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno completed a two-day trip to Pennsylvania and West Virginia last week where he visited Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs and met with faculty and students at the West Virginia University.

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Sue Dwarnick

09/26/2014 - The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's (BSEE) Susan Dwarnick traveled to Whitehorse, Canada last week for a meeting of the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group and associated workshops.

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09/26/2014 - This week, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Oil Spill Response Division conducted a day-long Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise involving Pacific Operators Offshore, LLC (POOLLC). The full-scale exercise, held in Carpinteria, Calif., and offshore at Platform Hogan, tested POOLLC's ability to respond to a simulated spill event in accordance with its Oil Spill Response Plan (OSRP).

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