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

February 13, 2015 - ​Last week the President released his 2016 budget proposal for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The President’s 2016 request fully reflects the Administration’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future by ensuring that development of the Nation’s vast offshore energy resources is conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.


March 23, 2015 - Earlier this month I traveled to Mexico City to give a presentation at the Mexico Oil & Gas Summit on what has become known as the Transboundary Agreement, or as it is more formally titled, “Agreement between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.” The Agreement is designed to enhance North American energy security and support the U.S. and Mexico’s shared duty to exercise responsible stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico. It came about as the result of a meeting between U.S. President Obama and Mexican President Calderon in June 2010, followed by lengthy negotiations between the United States and Mexican governments.


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