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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Safety and Environmental Videos


December 20, 2013- As we look towards 2014 we will continue to build a culture of safety, with a strong focus on risk reduction.

June 27, 2013- As BSEE Safety Month draws to a close, the Bureau released today a video highlighting the work of Hurricane Response Team members in monitoring potential impact and damage to oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

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June 25, 2013- In this third part of BSEE's video showcase for safety month, the Bureau hears from Rose Capers-Webb, BSEE's Safety & Occupational Health Manager.

Director's Corner

August 8, 2014- Over the past few months I have spoken many times about our Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) program, which is the cornerstone of our hybrid regulatory approach. Our goal is for the SEMS program to encourage the offshore oil and gas industry to adopt an approach to safety that looks beyond baseline compliance with regulations, towards an underlying safety culture that promotes continuous improvement in safety and environmental performance.


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BSEE, Coast Guard Sign Memorandum, Discuss 2015 Strategic Objectives

September 26, 2014 - Today's posting is courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard's Maritime Commons Blog.

On Sept. 19, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard gathered top agency officials to outline joint goals in regulating offshore activities and signed a joint memorandum of agreement outlining their respective roles in regulating of fixed facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf. BSEE Director Brian Salerno and Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, signed the agreement.


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