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Featured Stories

BSEE staff are dedicated and passionate about our mission! BSEE Feature Stories is a great place for you to learn more about our unique, challenging and rewarding work.


BSEE's Ohmsett Facility Gives Young Oysters a Chance to Thrive; Helps Improve New Jersey's Coastal Resilience

December 6, 2022

For more than three centuries, the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary suffered from pollution and habitat destruction. As the water's health declined, oysters and other shellfish became contaminated. The NY/NJ Baykeeper, a group dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring the ecological integrity and productivity in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, is working to bring back the oyster population in Raritan Bay.

Fish near oil and gas platform in Gulf of Mexico

BSEE as an Environmental Steward Works Every Day to Keep U.S. Oceans Vibrant

June 23, 2020

Our Nation’s oceans protect us, provide us nourishment and give us phenomenal opportunity. 

Fish near oil platform in Gulf of Mexico

Gulf’s Rigs and Platforms Attract Offshore Anglers

October 23, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico is well known as a sports fishing paradise with offshore oil and gas platforms that are home to some of the best fishing in the Gulf. The Department of Interior recognizes October as National Hunting and Fishing Month...

seismic testing circa 1940

American Dream

August 4, 2017

In America, political liberty and our free-enterprise economy mean that nearly anyone can succeed if they find the right combination of sacrifice, hard work, and willingness to take risks

inspectors reviewing paperwork

A Day in the Life of an Inspector

January 17, 2017

The backbone of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is the inspector workforce.

Northstar production

North of the Arctic Circle

November 16, 2016

Six miles north of Alaska’s Arctic coast, the 5-acre man-made island juts out from the Beaufort Sea amidst the sprawling Arctic.

Failed bolts

Offshore - Beyond the Horizon Bolts

November 9, 2016

As audiences around the world watched the movie “Deepwater Horizon,” many of us found ourselves reflecting on the lessons of the actual tragedy that occurred April 20, 2010. 

ocean blackhawk

Environmental Forum

October 12, 2016

The same exploratory drive that created digital comput­ers and put Americans on the moon is clearly in evidence when one watches our nation’s energy in­dustry expand its footprint into fron­tier areas such as the ultra-deep­waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

tech challenge

Tech Challenge

October 12, 2016

A team of high schoolers marches onto the football field at the University of Houston’s TDECU Stadium for the main event, briefly shielding their eyes as they step into the bright afternoon sun.