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


02/26/2015 - Last week Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Associate Director of Strategic Engagement Allyson Anderson traveled to Houston, Texas.  Anderson was part of a panel discussion with former BSEE Director Michael Bromwich at the 66th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference on February 20th.

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02/24/2015 - The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard today issued a Joint Safety Alert addressing a dynamic positioning incident involving an Offshore Supply Vessel which resulted in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf activity.

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02/20/2015 - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of proposed regulations to help ensure that future exploratory drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are done safely and responsibly, guided by the highest operational standards.

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