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International Agreements

Cooperation Between BSEE and the National Energy Board of Canada


In the Spring of 2018, BSEE and Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) exchanged letters expressing their commitment to continue sharing regulatory best-practices and to mutually work together to benefit workplace safety in offshore oil and exploration and production.

U.S. Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement


Some oil and gas reserves below the Gulf of Mexico cross the international maritime boundary between the two countries. The Agreement provides a mechanism to facilitate the safe and efficient exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources along the maritime boundary and provides new opportunities for U.S. companies. The Agreement is designed to enhance North American energy security and support the United States' and Mexico's shared duty to exercise responsible stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico. It is built on a commitment to the safe, efficient, and equitable exploitation of transboundary reservoirs. The Mexican Senate ratified the Agreement the following April, and Mexican President Calderon issued a final decree on May 22, 2012. On December 26, 2013, authority to implement the agreement was granted to the Secretary of the Interior Public Law No: 113-67.

Letter of Intent Regarding Cooperation Between BSEE and Mexico's National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector (ASEA)


Mexico and the U.S. have a long history of mutually beneficial cooperation on  conservation, management and sustainable development of natural resources. On October 20, 2015, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Mexico's National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector (ASEA) signed a letter of intent to strengthen cooperation, coordination and information sharing related to the development, oversight, and enforcement of safety and environmental regulations for development of offshore hydrocarbon resources.  This continued cooperation between BSEE and ASEA is in keeping with broader bilateral efforts for cooperation in the environmental and hydrocarbons sector between the two countries.

Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation Between BSEE and Mexico's National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector


On October 4, 2016, BSEE and Mexico's National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector (ASEA) signed a MOU specifying various areas of cooperation related to the design and implementation of regulations for companies that develop offshore exploration and production projects, stating that priority should be given to the safety of people and environmental protection in both Mexico and the United States.