Safety and Environmental Notes

Salerno and Ming at Gaviota
BSEE Geologist Bobby Kurtz (center) explains California geological formations to BSEE Director Brian Salerno (right) and Pacific Region Director Jaron Ming during an orientation this week.

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.

Rose Thumb

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 8, 2014- I am frequently asked about the prospects of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. Questions come in equal measure from those who are strong proponents of exploration, and those who have serious concerns about the potential for adverse environmental impacts.


By: Susan Green, Deputy Regional Supervisor, Field Operations, Gulf of Mexico Region
April 22, 2014
- In 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita pounded offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico, toppling platforms, damaging wells and tangling pipelines. A little while later, hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused their own havoc on offshore infrastructure. While all offshore oil and gas facilities pose a risk during a hurricane, idle structures carry the unnecessary risk of pollution and damage to the ecosystem.


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