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.
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Alaska Exploration

  “The Arctic has substantial oil and gas potential, and the U.S. has a longstanding interest in the orderly development of these resources, which includes establishing high standards for the protection of this critical ecosystem, the surrounding communities, and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska Natives.”

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
February 20, 2015  

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is committed to safe and environmentally-responsible operations throughout all of the exploration activities in the Arctic.

From the applications for permit to drill to the operator’s Oil Spill Response Plan, BSEE engineers, response specialists and inspectors are ensuring that operations are conducted safely at all levels at all times.

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) personnel conducted inspections of Shell Oil Co. marine vessels Noble Discoverer and the semi-submersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska July 7-12.

Press Releases and News Briefs
Press Release Interior Department Cancels Arctic Offshore Lease Sales 10-16-2015
Press Release BSEE Approves Updated Permit for Exploration Activities in Arctic Waters Under Rigorous Safety Requirements 08-17-2015
News Brief BSEE Inspectors Stay Vigilant over Shell Arctic Drilling Operations 08-06-2015
Press Release BSEE Approves Limited Drilling Activities in Arctic Waters Under Rigorous Safety Requirements 07-22-2015
News Brief BSEE Approves Limited Drilling Activities in Arctic Waters Under Rigorous Safety Requirements 07-22-2015
News Brief BSEE personnel conduct inspections in Dutch Harbor 07-16-2015
News Brief Interagency Communication Exercise Tests Arctic Preparedness 07-06-2015
News Brief BSEE and Coast Guard Discuss Arctic Preparedness Strategy 06-24-2015
News Brief BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell Arctic Drilling Well Containment Equipment 06-18-2015
News Brief BSEE Inspects Oil Spill Response Equipment Staged to Support Shell's Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan 05-08-2015
News Brief  BSEE, BOEM Extend Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska 04-16-2015
News Brief BSEE Observes Demonstration of Containment Dome Deployment 04-06-2015
News Brief BSEE, BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska   02-20-2015
Press Release Interior Secretary's Review of Shell's Alaska Offshore Program 03-08-2013
News Brief Secretary Salazar Launches Expedited Assessment of 2012 Arctic Operations   01-08-2013

 

Documents Related to Alaska Oil Exploration
BSEE Letter of Response to Statoil Suspension of Operations (SOO) Request  10-16-2015
BSEE Letter of Response to Shell Suspension Operations (SOO) Request  10-16-2015
Shell Application for Permit to Modify Public Information Copy Burger V 09-25-2015
Shell Application for Permit to Modify Burger V Approval 09-25-2015
Shell Well Activity Reports for Burger J and Burger V 09-16-2015
Shell Application for Permit to Modify Public Information Copy Burger J 08-17-2015
Shell Application for Permit to Modify Burger J Approval 08-17-2015
Shell Application for Permit to Drill Burger J Approval Letter with conditions 07-22-2015  
Shell Application for Permit to Drill Public Information Copy Burger J 07-22-2015  
Shell Application for Permit to Drill Burger V Approval Letter with conditions  07-22-2015  
Shell Application for Permit to Drill Public Information Copy Burger V  07-22-2015
Shell 2015 Chukchi Sea Drilling Ice Management Response Letter to BSEE, BOEM 07-17-2015
Arctic Containment System Approval for 2015 OCS Exploratory Drilling Operations 07-08-2015
Capping Stack Approval for 2015 OCS Exploratory Drilling Operations 06-30-2015
Shell Chukchi Sea OSRP Acknowledgment 05-29-2015
Shell Chukchi Sea OSRP with Cover Letters 05-15-2015
Deployment and Testing of Shell Arctic Containment System 04-16-2015

 

Alaska Oil Exploration Document Archive

 
Questions regarding Alaska Exploration can be directed to the BSEE Alaska Region public affairs office at 907-334-5333.