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


10/08/2015 - WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced today that the Bureau will be participating in a new Roundtable under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) that will examine issues related to the development of U.S. unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

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10/06/2015 - SOLDOTNA, Alaska - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) staff attended the Alaska Regional Response Team meeting in Soldotna, Alaska September 24 to update attendees on BSEE’s regulatory activities during this year's Arctic drilling season.

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10/01/2015 - GOLETA, Calif. – Preparedness analysts from BSEE’s Oil Spill Preparedness Division recently conducted an unannounced spill drill of ExxonMobil Corporation on September 24 at its Las Flores Canyon Facility.

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