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.
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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

April 30, 2015 - Next week I will be traveling to Houston for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), one of the largest annual gatherings of industry, academia, and regulators. With its large international presence, OTC provides a unique opportunity for a week of global information sharing between offshore energy stakeholders.


Doug Morris, BSEE OORP

April 7, 2015 - The BSEE will be publishing a proposed rule for comment this month that is designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic well control event during drilling-related operations. This rule will address many of the recommendations that were made in numerous Deepwater Horizon investigations related to blowout preventers and also to adopt a variety of new industry best practices related to maintaining control of a well that were developed after the 2010 tragedy. These requirements will increase the performance and reliability of barrier systems that prevent the release of hydrocarbons. This rule will also propose requirements that incorporate BSEE’s long-term regulatory risk mitigation initiatives involving the improved maintenance and repair of critical safety equipment, increased data collection on the reliability of safety equipment, third party verification of equipment performance, and establishing remote monitoring capabilities offshore.


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