Safety and Environmental Notes

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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

June 20, 2014- Last week the offshore community suffered a tragic loss when a helicopter carrying a passenger to a platform crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, taking the lives of both the pilot and the passenger. This followed another incident that occurred at the end of May, when a helicopter departing a rig with six people on board had to make an emergency landing in the water. Thankfully there were no injuries associated with this earlier incident, but it still underscores the risk that must be accounted for and the importance of aviation safety.


Michael PrendergastBy: Michael Prendergast- Deputy Director of the Gulf of Mexico Region and Lake Jackson Hurricane Response Team Lead

July 30, 2014 - Hurricane season is underway and will run through November, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has long standing policies and procedures in place to minimize the disruption of the production of energy for the Nation. This year there are as many as 13 storms predicted, 6 of which could spin into hurricanes. Hurricanes are common here along the Gulf Coast and when severe weather surges into the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production facilities and drilling rigs are at high risk. The typical storm packs winds ranging from 39 to 110 mph. Major storms form less frequently, but they can pack winds ranging from 111 mph to greater than 157 mph. Major storms can also increase wave heights offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to greater than 80 feet causing severe damage and destruction to platforms and drilling rigs. In order to maintain safety of personnel and the environment offshore facilities evacuate and shut-in production before a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. Also, drilling crews secure wells that are drilling and the crews are either evacuated from drilling rigs that are secured or moored to the ocean floor or the marine and drilling crews move deepwater rigs that are mobile out of the path of the storm until it is safe to return.


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