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

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11/21/2014 - The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is actively investigating an explosion aboard a production platform at West Delta 105, operated by Fieldwood Energy. The explosion resulted in one fatality and three injured.

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11/21/2014 - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement staff participated and presented remarks Tuesday at the Regional Response Team 6 Meeting in Addison, TX. BSEE Gulf of Mexico Deputy Regional Director Michael Prendergast and Bryan Rogers of the Oil Spill Response Division detailed oil spill monitoring and response plans.

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11/14/2014 - Yesterday, BSEE Director Brian Salerno spoke at the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Safety Conference in Newfoundland, Canada.

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