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Fieldwood Energy, LLC. Fatality on West Delta (WD) Block 105, Platform E  November 20, 2014
An explosion occurred offshore in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after 2:30 p.m. on November 20, 2014, while Turnkey Cleaning Services GOM (Turnkey) personnel were cleaning an electrostatic heater treater at the West Delta (WD) 105 E platform for Fieldwood Energy LLC (Fieldwood). The explosion caused fatal injuries to a Turnkey Supervisor, and injured others in the vicinity of the heater treater.
BSEE Releases Panel Investigation Report into Platform Explosion November 10, 2016 News Brief
Statement on West Delta 105 Fatality from BSEE Director November 10, 2016 Correspondence
Panel Report on West Delta 105 Facility November 10, 2016 Report
BSEE Investigating Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico November 21, 2014 News Brief


Taylor Energy Oil Discharge on Missippi Canyon MC-20A  September 15, 2004

The specific source(s) of discharge at the MC-20 site are not fully known. However, because the discharge volume is greater than can reasonably be accounted for by oil released from sediment only, oil is most likely emanating from one or more of the 25 wells.

Taylor had originally been ordered by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in October 2007 to permanently plug and abandon all the wells by June 2008. 

Based on data collected from nearly daily overflights since September 2014, oil sheens have been observed and reported by Taylor Energy to be as large as 1.5 miles wide and 14 miles long, with an average of 1 mile wide and 5.5 miles long, covering an average area of 8 square miles. Over this period, the daily volume of oil discharging from the MC-20 site has fluctuated between a low of less than one barrel of oil (1 barrel = 42 gallons) to a high of 55 barrels (2,329 gallons). The average reported daily oil volume on the sea surface over the past seven months has been over 2 barrels (84 gallons); the volume on over 75 days was greater than 1 barrel, including 23 days of volume greater than 3.8 barrels (160 gallons) and 4 days greater than 35 barrels (1,470 gallons). These spill size and volume estimates are based on reports submitted by Taylor Energy's contractors to the National Response Center (NRC).

Taylor Energy/Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC20) Oil Discharge   Statement
Incident Archive - Taylor Energy (Mississippi Canyon) Oil Spill - U.S. Coast Guard Fact Sheet May 13, 2015 Fact Sheet
Taylor Energy Oil Discharge at MC-20 Site and Ongoing Response Efforts May 20, 2015 Fact Sheet


Black Elk Energy Platform Fire on West Delta 32  November 16,2012
On November 16, 2012, at around 9:00 a.m., an explosion and fire occurred on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations (Black Elk). The explosion and fire, which occurred during welding work that was being conducted as part of construction operations, resulted in the deaths of three individuals who were working on the platform), serious injuries to others, and the discharge of pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico.
BSEE Action History for Black Elk November 16, 2012 Status Report
Statement on Black Elk Platform Fire from BSEE Director James A. Watson November 17, 2012 News Brief
BSEE Update on Black Elk Platform Fire Investigation November 19, 2012 News Brief
BSEE Gulf Letter to Black Elk Requiring Performance Improve Plan November 21, 2012 Correspondence
BSEE Issues Letter to Black Elk Regarding Performance November 21, 2012 Press Release
Black Elk Energy West Delta 32 Inspection History November 30, 2012 Report
Black Elk Performance Improvement Plan December 14, 2012 Correspondence
BSEE Status on Black Elk Investigation August 8, 2013 News Brief
BSEE Gulf Black Elk Performance Improvement Plan Status September 2013 News Brief
2013-002 BSEE Panel Investigation - Black Elk Final Report November 14, 2013 Report
BSEE Director's Statement on Black Elk Report November 2013 Statement
BSEE Releases INCs Resulting From Black Elk Panel Investigation November 13, 2013 Report


Talos Energy LLC Platform "A", Vermillion Block 200 October 27, 2013

On October 27, 2013, a fatal incident occurred on the “A” Platform, of Vermilion Block 200, Lease number OCS-G 9500. This location is approximately 53 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.

At approximately 7:05 p.m., a 130 ton dry oil storage tank skid assembly, consisting of one (1) 16 feet diameter x 85 feet long horizontal cylindrical tank and two (2) 83 feet long flare booms mounted to and extending away from the skid at a 17-degree angle, toppled over and fell 115 feet into the Gulf of Mexico from the Vermilion Block 200 Platform “A”.

BSEE Releases Talos Energy Panel Investigation Report November 13, 2014 News Brief
Panel Report: Vermillion (Talos Energy) Platform "A" Fatality November 13, 2014 Report
Talos Energy Performance History November 2014 Report


Walter Oil & Gas Corporation South Timbalier 220, Well A-3  August 08, 2013
Walter experienced a loss of control of Well A-3 at approximately 8:45a.m. July 23, 2013 on an unmanned platform at South Timbalier Block 220 while doing completion work on the sidetrack well to prepare the well for production. The operator reported the safe evacuation of 44 personnel from the Hercules 265 jack-up rig. Coast Guard confirmed that the leaking natural gas ignited at 10:45 p.m. CDT July 23. BSEE confirmed July 25 that the well flow subsided after a natural bridging process and the fire was suppressed.
Incident Updates Compilation Page (with photos) July 23, 2013 Status Updates
Walter SEMS Report (Part 1) Root Cause Investigation Results August 29, 2014 Report
Walter SEMS Report (Part 2) Recommendations & Corrective Actions August 29, 2014 Report
2015-02 BSEE Panel Review Report September 10, 2015 Report
BSEE Director's Statement on South Timbalier (Walter) Reports September 10, 2015 Report


BP Exploration and Oil, Inc. (BP) Atlantis Platform March 04, 2011
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today released the findings of its investigation into allegations that BP Exploration and Oil, Inc. (BP) did not maintain required copies of engineer-approved drawings for its Atlantis oil and gas platform operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The investigation stemmed from an April 2009 lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by a former BP contractor.
BP Atlantis Report March 04, 2011 Report