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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04/28/2016 - WASHINGTON- The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) this week sent a Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) 2016-N03 providing guidance and clarification for the decommissioning rule outlined in § 250.1704(h).

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04/27/2016 - HOUSTON-  BSEE staff will be recruiting and discussing safety and environmental protection during this year’s Offshore Technology Conference held at  NRG Park in Houston, May 2-5.

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04/22/2016 -  ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), in partnership with the University of Alaska, recently completed a research study that examined the ability of current offshore structural designs to successfully survive sea ice demands under extreme Arctic conditions.  This is one of many studies that will be discussed at the Arctic Offshore Regulators Forum in Washington, D.C. April 28-29.

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