Table of contents
  1. Story
  2. Slides
    1. Slide 1 Data Science for DoI BSEE
    2. Slide 2 Overview
    3. Slide 3 DoI BSEE: Web Site Map
    4. Slide 4 DoI BSEE: MindTouchResearch Notes
    5. Slide 5 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Site Map
    6. Slide 6 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base to Excel Spreadsheet
    7. Slide 7 DoI BSEE: Web Site Drop Down Menus
    8. Slide 8 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Vertical Map
    9. Slide 9 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Knowledge Base
    10. Slide 10 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Data Dictionary
    11. Slide 11 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Speeches & Presentations as Linked Data
    12. Slide 12 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Cover Page Find
    13. Slide 13 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base OCS Incidents & Spills
    14. Slide 14 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Safety Alerts
    15. Slide 15 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Communications
    16. Slide 16 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Master Lists of Projects
    17. Slide 17 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Investigations
    18. Slide 18 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base General Information
    19. Slide 19 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Incident Commons
    20. Slide 20 Conclusions and Recommendations
  3. Spotfire Dashboard
  4. Research Notes
  5. Site Map
    1. Home Page
    2. About BSEE
      1. Key functions of BSEE
      2. BSEE Organization Chart
      3. Public Engagements
        1. Tribal Communities
          1. Alaska Native Links
        2. Federal Advisory Committees
          1. Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee
      4. BSEE Regions
        1. Alaska Region
        2. Gulf of Mexico Region
        3. Pacific Region
      5. Equal Employment Opportunity
      6. BSEE Emergency Operations
        1. Are you ready for Hurricane Season 2011?
        2. Remember, Preparedness is the Key to Safety!
      7. Doing Business With BSEE
        1. Justification and Approval of Noncompetitive Contract Awards (JOFOC)
        2. OCS Operations Forms
      8. BSEE Leadership
        1. Director Salerno Biography
        2. Margaret N. Schneider, Deputy Director
        3. Allyson K. Anderson, Associate Director of Strategic Engagement
      9. Strategic Goals
        1. Strategic Goals at a Glance
        2. Strategic Goals 1 & 2
      10. Contact Us
        1. Headquarters
        2. Regional Offices
        3. Oil Spill Program Emergency Contact
      11. Guides For Greater Understanding of Alaksan Native Culture
      12. Doing Business With BSEE
        1. Miscellaneous Collections
        2. Appeals
        3. Production and Development
        4. Pipeline
        5. Facility and Well Permits
        6. Structures (or Platforms)
        7. Exploration and Development Plans
      13. BSEE History
        1. DOI reorganization of the former MMS
        2. Offshore Reforms
        3. Reforms
        4. Reorganization
          1. Implementation
          2. Fact Sheet: The BSEE and BOEM Separation
      14. BSEE Divisions
        1. Environmental Enforcement Division
          1. EED Focus
          2. EED Responsibilities
        2. Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs
        3. Oil Spill Preparedness Division
          1. National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines (PDF) (March 2014)
      15. BSEE Directorate
        1. BSEE Office of Congressional Affairs
        2. BSEE Office of Public Affairs
        3. BSEE Investigations and Review Unit
        4. BSEE Office of Budget
        5. BSEE Office of Policy Analysis
        6. Office of International Programs
      16. BSEE Budgets
        1. BSEE Budget Division
        2. BSEE Congressional Budget Justifications
        3. Congressional Budget Justification for BSEE/BOEMRE/MMS prior to FY 2013
      17. BSEE OSRD Division
      18. BSEE ORP Division
    3. BSEE Newsroom
      1. BSEE Fact Sheets
      2. BSEE Speeches & Presentations
      3. 2015 Speeches
        1. 2015 OTC USCG-BSEE Wrapup
          1. Progress since Deepwater Horizon
          2. Subsea containment issues
          3. Future challenges and opportunities
          4. Complexity of operations and cyber
          5. Risk-based inspections
    4. Regulations and Guidance
      1. Regulatory Reform
        1. Improving the Safety of Offshore Drilling
        2. Enhanced Drilling Safety
        3. Enhanced Workplace Safety
        4. Ongoing Improvements to the Offshore Regulator
      2. Notices, Letters, and Information to Lessees and Operators (NTL)s
      3. 2015 Standards Workshop
        1. Cementing
        2. EDS, DP & BOP Response
        3. High Pressure High Temperature
        4. Quality Management
        5. Introduction Presentations
    5. Inspections and Enforcement
    6. OCS Exploration and Production
      1. GOMR Permitting Workshop August 2011
    7. BSEE Newsroom
      1. News Briefs
        1. 2015
          1. BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell Arctic Drilling Well Containment Equipment
          2. BSEE Issues ITL, Approves First SEMS Audit Service Provider
          3. BSEE Releases Panel Investigation Report into Vermilion Block 356 Loss of Well Control Event
          4. BSEE Proposes Regulations to Improve Safety of Offshore Cranes
          5. BSEE Provides Updates on Production and Development in the Gulf of Mexico
          6. 30 Day Extension of Comment Period for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
          7. Colorado School of Mines Engineering Students Visit BSEE
          8. Houston Man Sentenced for Providing False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
          9. BSEE Conducts Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise with DCOR LLC in Ventura California
          10. BSEE Inspects Oil Spill Response Equipment Staged to Support Shell's Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan
          11. BSEE Participates in International Energy Agency Forum in Houston
          12. OTC Day Four Wrap-Up
          13. BSEE Staff Meet with Houston-Area Students and Teachers
          14. OTC Day Three Wrap-up
          15. Director Salerno Joins Regulators from Brazil, Mexico and Norway for a Conversation on Deepwater Regulations
          16. OTC Day Two Wrap Up
          17. BSEE Director Brian Salerno Announces Key Efforts to Reduce Risk Offshore
          18. BSEE Participates in Arctic Offshore Regulators Forum Meeting in Washington
          19. BSEE Director Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference
          20. BSEE BOEM Extend Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          21. BSEE Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development
          22. BSEE Observes Demonstration of Containment Dome Deployment
          23. BSEE Participates in Interspill 2015 Conference
          24. BSEE Director Addresses Employees in the Gulf of Mexico Region
          25. BSEE Associate Director Discusses Offshore Regulations at Oil and Gas Law Conference
          26. BSEE Coast Guard Issue Joint Safety Alert
          27. BSEE, BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          28. BSEE International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico at Rice Universitys Baker Institute
          29. BSEE Discusses Decommissing at Offshore Workshop
          30. BSEE Employees Attend College Recruiting Fairs in Pacific Region
          31. BSEE Speaks to International Association of Drilling Contractors on Near Miss Reporting
          32. BSEE Participates in API Winter Standards Conference
          33. Houston Man Charged With False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
          34. BSEE Releases Technical Review of Seal Assembly and Cement Failures
          35. BSEE RESPONDS TO DAMAGED UNMANNED PLATFORM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
          36. BSEE Participates in Regional Response Team 9 Meeting
          37. BSEE to Invest $6 Million in 2015 for Oil Spill Research Projects
        2. 2014
        3. 2013
        4. 2012
      2. Press Releases
        1. 2015
          1. BSEE Director Brian Salerno Announces Key Efforts to Reduce Risk Offshore
          2. Interior Department Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development
          3. BSEE BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          4. President Requests $204.7 million in FY 2016 Budget for Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
          5. BSEE Extends Public Comment Period for Notice on Aviation Safety on Fixed Offshore Facilities
          6. Offshore Oil Platform Owner to Improve Safety and Operations in Gulf of Mexico Following Unauthorized Oil Discharges
          7. BSEE Responds to Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
        2. 2014
        3. 2013
        4. 2012
        5. 2011
        6. Archive
    8. About BSEE
      1. Key functions of BSEE
      2. Careers
        1. Your Career in Offshore Enforcement
        2. Career Advancement and Life Enhancement
        3. Students & Recent Graduates
        4. Commitment to Diversity
        5. Application Process
        6. Room For Advancement
        7. Employment FAQs
      3. National Offshore Training Program
        1. 2014 BSEE Sample Course Descriptions(PDF)
        2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    9. Safety Culture Policy
      1. Click here for a high-resolution file that will print as large as 3' by 2'(PDF)
      2. BSEE Safety Emphasis
    10. BSEE Facilities Operations Status
      1. Current Operating Status: Open Applies to: 6/19/2015 
      2. Important Operating Status Links
    11. BSEE International and Interagency Collaboration
      1. International Collaboration
      2. Interagency Collaboration
    12. Technology and Research
      1. Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR)
        1. Master List of Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR) Projects
      2. Technology Assessment Program (TAP)
        1. Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER)
        2. Other
        3. Master List of Technology Assessment Programs (TAP) Projects
      3. Unsolicited Research Proposals
    13. Research and Training
    14. Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
    15. Offshore Stats and Facts
      1. Alaska Region
      2. Pacific Region
      3. Gulf of Mexico Region
      4. Headquarters
        1. OCS Leases
        2. OCS Operators
        3. OCS Production
        4. OCS-Related Incidents
        5. OCS Platform Activity  (table)
        6. OCS Platform Activity (graph)
      5. Alaska
        1. Historical Drilling & Operations Information
      6. Pacific
        1. Facts & Figures
        2. Lease Information
        3. Platform Information
        4. Operations Map (pdf)
        5. Pacific Production (ASCII)
      7. Gulf of Mexico
        1. Catalog of Public Information Requests, Data Files, Reports and Maps
        2. Data Center
          1. Subject Matter Categories
          2. Other Available Resources
  6. Vertical Map
    1. About BSEE
      1. BSEE Organizational Chart
      2. BSEE Leadership
      3. Strategic Goals
      4. Budget
      5. Public Engagement
      6. Directorate
      7. Divisions
      8. BSEE Regions
      9. BSEE History
      10. Doing Business With BSEE
      11. Careers
      12. National Offshore Training Program
    2. Newsroom
      1. Press Releases
      2. News Briefs
      3. Statements
      4. Speeches
        1. Technical Presentations
      5. Congressional Testimony
      6. Enforcement Newsletter
      7. Fact Sheets
      8. Library
        1. Glossary of Terms
        2. Joint Investigation Team Report
        3. Deepwater Horizon Reading Room
        4. Historical Reference
        5. Interagency Agreements
        6. FAQ
        7. Historical Civil Penalties
        8. Publications & Studies
        9. Multimedia
      9. Freedom of Information Act
        1. Directory of Key BSEE Officials
        2. Make Electronic Payment
    3. Regulations & Guidance
      1. Current Regulations
      2. Notices to Lessees
      3. Safety Alerts
        1. Historical Safety Alerts
      4. Internal Policy and Directives
      5. Standards
        1. Workshops
        2. Documents Incorporated by Reference
        3. Standards Development
      6. SEMS
        1. Performance Measures
        2. Fact Sheet
      7. Regulations In Development
    4. Inspections & Enforcement
      1. Inspection Programs
        1. Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC)
        2. Incident of Noncompliance (INC)
        3. Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC
          1. Guidelines
      2. Enforcement Tools
        1. Suspension of Operations
        2. Cancellation of Leases
        3. Remedies and Penalties
        4. Incidents of Noncompliance
          1. Recent Panel Investigation INCs Issued
          2. Annual INC Recap
          3. Incidents of Noncompliance (INC) Appeals
        5. Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC
          1. Guidelines
        6. Performance Improvement Plans
      3. Civil Penalties
        1. Civil Penalties Assessments and Appeals Procedures
        2. Summary of Civil Penalties Paid
        3. Chronological History of the OCS Civil Penalty Program  
        4. Federal Register (FR) Notices
        5. Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTL)
      4. Investigations and Review Unit
        1. IRU Hotline Complaint Procedures
        2. Telephone
        3. BSEE Employees
        4. General Public
        5. Historical Investigation Reports
      5. Incident Information
        1. Overview of Investigations and Reports
        2. Incident Reports and the Commencement of a BSEE Investigation
        3. The Scope of BSEE Incident Investigations
        4. Incident Statistics and Summaries
          1. OCS Incidents/Spills by Category: 1996-2005
          2. MMS Published Reports
        5. Reports
          1. Panel Investigation Reports
        6. The Requirements for Incident Reporting
          1. District and Regional Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Incidents
        7. The Requirements for Incident Reporting
          1. Taylor Energy/Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC20) Oil Discharge
    5. Exploration & Production
      1. Exploration and Development
        1. Alaska Region
        2. Gulf of Mexico Region
        3. Pacific Region
        4. Unitization
      2. Production
        1. OCS Production Data
        2. Alaska Region
        3. Gulf of Mexico Region
        4. Pacific Region
      3. Decommissioning Offshore Platforms
        1. Reef in Place
        2. Rigs to Reefs
        3. Statistics
          1. Structures Removal Permit Applications As of: May 31, 2013
          2. Structures Removed on the GOM OCS As of: May 31, 2013
          3. Statistics For Platforms Converted to Artificial Reefs On The OCS
        4. Idle Iron
        5. Research
          1. Sea life habitat beneath platform structure
          2. Decommissioning Research Projects
        6. FAQ's
    6. Technology & Research
      1. Technology Assessment Programs
      2. Oil Spill Response Research
      3. Ohmsett-National Oil Spill Response Research Facility
        1. OSRR Ohmsett Projects
      4. Technical Forums
    7. International & Interagency Collaboration
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Data Science for DoI BSEE

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Table of contents
  1. Story
  2. Slides
    1. Slide 1 Data Science for DoI BSEE
    2. Slide 2 Overview
    3. Slide 3 DoI BSEE: Web Site Map
    4. Slide 4 DoI BSEE: MindTouchResearch Notes
    5. Slide 5 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Site Map
    6. Slide 6 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base to Excel Spreadsheet
    7. Slide 7 DoI BSEE: Web Site Drop Down Menus
    8. Slide 8 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Vertical Map
    9. Slide 9 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Knowledge Base
    10. Slide 10 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Data Dictionary
    11. Slide 11 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Speeches & Presentations as Linked Data
    12. Slide 12 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Cover Page Find
    13. Slide 13 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base OCS Incidents & Spills
    14. Slide 14 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Safety Alerts
    15. Slide 15 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Communications
    16. Slide 16 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Master Lists of Projects
    17. Slide 17 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Investigations
    18. Slide 18 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base General Information
    19. Slide 19 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Incident Commons
    20. Slide 20 Conclusions and Recommendations
  3. Spotfire Dashboard
  4. Research Notes
  5. Site Map
    1. Home Page
    2. About BSEE
      1. Key functions of BSEE
      2. BSEE Organization Chart
      3. Public Engagements
        1. Tribal Communities
          1. Alaska Native Links
        2. Federal Advisory Committees
          1. Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee
      4. BSEE Regions
        1. Alaska Region
        2. Gulf of Mexico Region
        3. Pacific Region
      5. Equal Employment Opportunity
      6. BSEE Emergency Operations
        1. Are you ready for Hurricane Season 2011?
        2. Remember, Preparedness is the Key to Safety!
      7. Doing Business With BSEE
        1. Justification and Approval of Noncompetitive Contract Awards (JOFOC)
        2. OCS Operations Forms
      8. BSEE Leadership
        1. Director Salerno Biography
        2. Margaret N. Schneider, Deputy Director
        3. Allyson K. Anderson, Associate Director of Strategic Engagement
      9. Strategic Goals
        1. Strategic Goals at a Glance
        2. Strategic Goals 1 & 2
      10. Contact Us
        1. Headquarters
        2. Regional Offices
        3. Oil Spill Program Emergency Contact
      11. Guides For Greater Understanding of Alaksan Native Culture
      12. Doing Business With BSEE
        1. Miscellaneous Collections
        2. Appeals
        3. Production and Development
        4. Pipeline
        5. Facility and Well Permits
        6. Structures (or Platforms)
        7. Exploration and Development Plans
      13. BSEE History
        1. DOI reorganization of the former MMS
        2. Offshore Reforms
        3. Reforms
        4. Reorganization
          1. Implementation
          2. Fact Sheet: The BSEE and BOEM Separation
      14. BSEE Divisions
        1. Environmental Enforcement Division
          1. EED Focus
          2. EED Responsibilities
        2. Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs
        3. Oil Spill Preparedness Division
          1. National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines (PDF) (March 2014)
      15. BSEE Directorate
        1. BSEE Office of Congressional Affairs
        2. BSEE Office of Public Affairs
        3. BSEE Investigations and Review Unit
        4. BSEE Office of Budget
        5. BSEE Office of Policy Analysis
        6. Office of International Programs
      16. BSEE Budgets
        1. BSEE Budget Division
        2. BSEE Congressional Budget Justifications
        3. Congressional Budget Justification for BSEE/BOEMRE/MMS prior to FY 2013
      17. BSEE OSRD Division
      18. BSEE ORP Division
    3. BSEE Newsroom
      1. BSEE Fact Sheets
      2. BSEE Speeches & Presentations
      3. 2015 Speeches
        1. 2015 OTC USCG-BSEE Wrapup
          1. Progress since Deepwater Horizon
          2. Subsea containment issues
          3. Future challenges and opportunities
          4. Complexity of operations and cyber
          5. Risk-based inspections
    4. Regulations and Guidance
      1. Regulatory Reform
        1. Improving the Safety of Offshore Drilling
        2. Enhanced Drilling Safety
        3. Enhanced Workplace Safety
        4. Ongoing Improvements to the Offshore Regulator
      2. Notices, Letters, and Information to Lessees and Operators (NTL)s
      3. 2015 Standards Workshop
        1. Cementing
        2. EDS, DP & BOP Response
        3. High Pressure High Temperature
        4. Quality Management
        5. Introduction Presentations
    5. Inspections and Enforcement
    6. OCS Exploration and Production
      1. GOMR Permitting Workshop August 2011
    7. BSEE Newsroom
      1. News Briefs
        1. 2015
          1. BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell Arctic Drilling Well Containment Equipment
          2. BSEE Issues ITL, Approves First SEMS Audit Service Provider
          3. BSEE Releases Panel Investigation Report into Vermilion Block 356 Loss of Well Control Event
          4. BSEE Proposes Regulations to Improve Safety of Offshore Cranes
          5. BSEE Provides Updates on Production and Development in the Gulf of Mexico
          6. 30 Day Extension of Comment Period for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
          7. Colorado School of Mines Engineering Students Visit BSEE
          8. Houston Man Sentenced for Providing False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
          9. BSEE Conducts Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise with DCOR LLC in Ventura California
          10. BSEE Inspects Oil Spill Response Equipment Staged to Support Shell's Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan
          11. BSEE Participates in International Energy Agency Forum in Houston
          12. OTC Day Four Wrap-Up
          13. BSEE Staff Meet with Houston-Area Students and Teachers
          14. OTC Day Three Wrap-up
          15. Director Salerno Joins Regulators from Brazil, Mexico and Norway for a Conversation on Deepwater Regulations
          16. OTC Day Two Wrap Up
          17. BSEE Director Brian Salerno Announces Key Efforts to Reduce Risk Offshore
          18. BSEE Participates in Arctic Offshore Regulators Forum Meeting in Washington
          19. BSEE Director Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference
          20. BSEE BOEM Extend Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          21. BSEE Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development
          22. BSEE Observes Demonstration of Containment Dome Deployment
          23. BSEE Participates in Interspill 2015 Conference
          24. BSEE Director Addresses Employees in the Gulf of Mexico Region
          25. BSEE Associate Director Discusses Offshore Regulations at Oil and Gas Law Conference
          26. BSEE Coast Guard Issue Joint Safety Alert
          27. BSEE, BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          28. BSEE International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico at Rice Universitys Baker Institute
          29. BSEE Discusses Decommissing at Offshore Workshop
          30. BSEE Employees Attend College Recruiting Fairs in Pacific Region
          31. BSEE Speaks to International Association of Drilling Contractors on Near Miss Reporting
          32. BSEE Participates in API Winter Standards Conference
          33. Houston Man Charged With False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
          34. BSEE Releases Technical Review of Seal Assembly and Cement Failures
          35. BSEE RESPONDS TO DAMAGED UNMANNED PLATFORM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
          36. BSEE Participates in Regional Response Team 9 Meeting
          37. BSEE to Invest $6 Million in 2015 for Oil Spill Research Projects
        2. 2014
        3. 2013
        4. 2012
      2. Press Releases
        1. 2015
          1. BSEE Director Brian Salerno Announces Key Efforts to Reduce Risk Offshore
          2. Interior Department Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development
          3. BSEE BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          4. President Requests $204.7 million in FY 2016 Budget for Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
          5. BSEE Extends Public Comment Period for Notice on Aviation Safety on Fixed Offshore Facilities
          6. Offshore Oil Platform Owner to Improve Safety and Operations in Gulf of Mexico Following Unauthorized Oil Discharges
          7. BSEE Responds to Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
        2. 2014
        3. 2013
        4. 2012
        5. 2011
        6. Archive
    8. About BSEE
      1. Key functions of BSEE
      2. Careers
        1. Your Career in Offshore Enforcement
        2. Career Advancement and Life Enhancement
        3. Students & Recent Graduates
        4. Commitment to Diversity
        5. Application Process
        6. Room For Advancement
        7. Employment FAQs
      3. National Offshore Training Program
        1. 2014 BSEE Sample Course Descriptions(PDF)
        2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    9. Safety Culture Policy
      1. Click here for a high-resolution file that will print as large as 3' by 2'(PDF)
      2. BSEE Safety Emphasis
    10. BSEE Facilities Operations Status
      1. Current Operating Status: Open Applies to: 6/19/2015 
      2. Important Operating Status Links
    11. BSEE International and Interagency Collaboration
      1. International Collaboration
      2. Interagency Collaboration
    12. Technology and Research
      1. Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR)
        1. Master List of Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR) Projects
      2. Technology Assessment Program (TAP)
        1. Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER)
        2. Other
        3. Master List of Technology Assessment Programs (TAP) Projects
      3. Unsolicited Research Proposals
    13. Research and Training
    14. Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
    15. Offshore Stats and Facts
      1. Alaska Region
      2. Pacific Region
      3. Gulf of Mexico Region
      4. Headquarters
        1. OCS Leases
        2. OCS Operators
        3. OCS Production
        4. OCS-Related Incidents
        5. OCS Platform Activity  (table)
        6. OCS Platform Activity (graph)
      5. Alaska
        1. Historical Drilling & Operations Information
      6. Pacific
        1. Facts & Figures
        2. Lease Information
        3. Platform Information
        4. Operations Map (pdf)
        5. Pacific Production (ASCII)
      7. Gulf of Mexico
        1. Catalog of Public Information Requests, Data Files, Reports and Maps
        2. Data Center
          1. Subject Matter Categories
          2. Other Available Resources
  6. Vertical Map
    1. About BSEE
      1. BSEE Organizational Chart
      2. BSEE Leadership
      3. Strategic Goals
      4. Budget
      5. Public Engagement
      6. Directorate
      7. Divisions
      8. BSEE Regions
      9. BSEE History
      10. Doing Business With BSEE
      11. Careers
      12. National Offshore Training Program
    2. Newsroom
      1. Press Releases
      2. News Briefs
      3. Statements
      4. Speeches
        1. Technical Presentations
      5. Congressional Testimony
      6. Enforcement Newsletter
      7. Fact Sheets
      8. Library
        1. Glossary of Terms
        2. Joint Investigation Team Report
        3. Deepwater Horizon Reading Room
        4. Historical Reference
        5. Interagency Agreements
        6. FAQ
        7. Historical Civil Penalties
        8. Publications & Studies
        9. Multimedia
      9. Freedom of Information Act
        1. Directory of Key BSEE Officials
        2. Make Electronic Payment
    3. Regulations & Guidance
      1. Current Regulations
      2. Notices to Lessees
      3. Safety Alerts
        1. Historical Safety Alerts
      4. Internal Policy and Directives
      5. Standards
        1. Workshops
        2. Documents Incorporated by Reference
        3. Standards Development
      6. SEMS
        1. Performance Measures
        2. Fact Sheet
      7. Regulations In Development
    4. Inspections & Enforcement
      1. Inspection Programs
        1. Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC)
        2. Incident of Noncompliance (INC)
        3. Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC
          1. Guidelines
      2. Enforcement Tools
        1. Suspension of Operations
        2. Cancellation of Leases
        3. Remedies and Penalties
        4. Incidents of Noncompliance
          1. Recent Panel Investigation INCs Issued
          2. Annual INC Recap
          3. Incidents of Noncompliance (INC) Appeals
        5. Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC
          1. Guidelines
        6. Performance Improvement Plans
      3. Civil Penalties
        1. Civil Penalties Assessments and Appeals Procedures
        2. Summary of Civil Penalties Paid
        3. Chronological History of the OCS Civil Penalty Program  
        4. Federal Register (FR) Notices
        5. Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTL)
      4. Investigations and Review Unit
        1. IRU Hotline Complaint Procedures
        2. Telephone
        3. BSEE Employees
        4. General Public
        5. Historical Investigation Reports
      5. Incident Information
        1. Overview of Investigations and Reports
        2. Incident Reports and the Commencement of a BSEE Investigation
        3. The Scope of BSEE Incident Investigations
        4. Incident Statistics and Summaries
          1. OCS Incidents/Spills by Category: 1996-2005
          2. MMS Published Reports
        5. Reports
          1. Panel Investigation Reports
        6. The Requirements for Incident Reporting
          1. District and Regional Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Incidents
        7. The Requirements for Incident Reporting
          1. Taylor Energy/Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC20) Oil Discharge
    5. Exploration & Production
      1. Exploration and Development
        1. Alaska Region
        2. Gulf of Mexico Region
        3. Pacific Region
        4. Unitization
      2. Production
        1. OCS Production Data
        2. Alaska Region
        3. Gulf of Mexico Region
        4. Pacific Region
      3. Decommissioning Offshore Platforms
        1. Reef in Place
        2. Rigs to Reefs
        3. Statistics
          1. Structures Removal Permit Applications As of: May 31, 2013
          2. Structures Removed on the GOM OCS As of: May 31, 2013
          3. Statistics For Platforms Converted to Artificial Reefs On The OCS
        4. Idle Iron
        5. Research
          1. Sea life habitat beneath platform structure
          2. Decommissioning Research Projects
        6. FAQ's
    6. Technology & Research
      1. Technology Assessment Programs
      2. Oil Spill Response Research
      3. Ohmsett-National Oil Spill Response Research Facility
        1. OSRR Ohmsett Projects
      4. Technical Forums
    7. International & Interagency Collaboration
  7. NEXT

  1. Story
  2. Slides
    1. Slide 1 Data Science for DoI BSEE
    2. Slide 2 Overview
    3. Slide 3 DoI BSEE: Web Site Map
    4. Slide 4 DoI BSEE: MindTouchResearch Notes
    5. Slide 5 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Site Map
    6. Slide 6 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base to Excel Spreadsheet
    7. Slide 7 DoI BSEE: Web Site Drop Down Menus
    8. Slide 8 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Vertical Map
    9. Slide 9 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Knowledge Base
    10. Slide 10 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Data Dictionary
    11. Slide 11 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Speeches & Presentations as Linked Data
    12. Slide 12 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Cover Page Find
    13. Slide 13 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base OCS Incidents & Spills
    14. Slide 14 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Safety Alerts
    15. Slide 15 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Communications
    16. Slide 16 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Master Lists of Projects
    17. Slide 17 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Investigations
    18. Slide 18 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base General Information
    19. Slide 19 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Incident Commons
    20. Slide 20 Conclusions and Recommendations
  3. Spotfire Dashboard
  4. Research Notes
  5. Site Map
    1. Home Page
    2. About BSEE
      1. Key functions of BSEE
      2. BSEE Organization Chart
      3. Public Engagements
        1. Tribal Communities
          1. Alaska Native Links
        2. Federal Advisory Committees
          1. Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee
      4. BSEE Regions
        1. Alaska Region
        2. Gulf of Mexico Region
        3. Pacific Region
      5. Equal Employment Opportunity
      6. BSEE Emergency Operations
        1. Are you ready for Hurricane Season 2011?
        2. Remember, Preparedness is the Key to Safety!
      7. Doing Business With BSEE
        1. Justification and Approval of Noncompetitive Contract Awards (JOFOC)
        2. OCS Operations Forms
      8. BSEE Leadership
        1. Director Salerno Biography
        2. Margaret N. Schneider, Deputy Director
        3. Allyson K. Anderson, Associate Director of Strategic Engagement
      9. Strategic Goals
        1. Strategic Goals at a Glance
        2. Strategic Goals 1 & 2
      10. Contact Us
        1. Headquarters
        2. Regional Offices
        3. Oil Spill Program Emergency Contact
      11. Guides For Greater Understanding of Alaksan Native Culture
      12. Doing Business With BSEE
        1. Miscellaneous Collections
        2. Appeals
        3. Production and Development
        4. Pipeline
        5. Facility and Well Permits
        6. Structures (or Platforms)
        7. Exploration and Development Plans
      13. BSEE History
        1. DOI reorganization of the former MMS
        2. Offshore Reforms
        3. Reforms
        4. Reorganization
          1. Implementation
          2. Fact Sheet: The BSEE and BOEM Separation
      14. BSEE Divisions
        1. Environmental Enforcement Division
          1. EED Focus
          2. EED Responsibilities
        2. Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs
        3. Oil Spill Preparedness Division
          1. National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines (PDF) (March 2014)
      15. BSEE Directorate
        1. BSEE Office of Congressional Affairs
        2. BSEE Office of Public Affairs
        3. BSEE Investigations and Review Unit
        4. BSEE Office of Budget
        5. BSEE Office of Policy Analysis
        6. Office of International Programs
      16. BSEE Budgets
        1. BSEE Budget Division
        2. BSEE Congressional Budget Justifications
        3. Congressional Budget Justification for BSEE/BOEMRE/MMS prior to FY 2013
      17. BSEE OSRD Division
      18. BSEE ORP Division
    3. BSEE Newsroom
      1. BSEE Fact Sheets
      2. BSEE Speeches & Presentations
      3. 2015 Speeches
        1. 2015 OTC USCG-BSEE Wrapup
          1. Progress since Deepwater Horizon
          2. Subsea containment issues
          3. Future challenges and opportunities
          4. Complexity of operations and cyber
          5. Risk-based inspections
    4. Regulations and Guidance
      1. Regulatory Reform
        1. Improving the Safety of Offshore Drilling
        2. Enhanced Drilling Safety
        3. Enhanced Workplace Safety
        4. Ongoing Improvements to the Offshore Regulator
      2. Notices, Letters, and Information to Lessees and Operators (NTL)s
      3. 2015 Standards Workshop
        1. Cementing
        2. EDS, DP & BOP Response
        3. High Pressure High Temperature
        4. Quality Management
        5. Introduction Presentations
    5. Inspections and Enforcement
    6. OCS Exploration and Production
      1. GOMR Permitting Workshop August 2011
    7. BSEE Newsroom
      1. News Briefs
        1. 2015
          1. BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell Arctic Drilling Well Containment Equipment
          2. BSEE Issues ITL, Approves First SEMS Audit Service Provider
          3. BSEE Releases Panel Investigation Report into Vermilion Block 356 Loss of Well Control Event
          4. BSEE Proposes Regulations to Improve Safety of Offshore Cranes
          5. BSEE Provides Updates on Production and Development in the Gulf of Mexico
          6. 30 Day Extension of Comment Period for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
          7. Colorado School of Mines Engineering Students Visit BSEE
          8. Houston Man Sentenced for Providing False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
          9. BSEE Conducts Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise with DCOR LLC in Ventura California
          10. BSEE Inspects Oil Spill Response Equipment Staged to Support Shell's Chukchi Sea Oil Spill Response Plan
          11. BSEE Participates in International Energy Agency Forum in Houston
          12. OTC Day Four Wrap-Up
          13. BSEE Staff Meet with Houston-Area Students and Teachers
          14. OTC Day Three Wrap-up
          15. Director Salerno Joins Regulators from Brazil, Mexico and Norway for a Conversation on Deepwater Regulations
          16. OTC Day Two Wrap Up
          17. BSEE Director Brian Salerno Announces Key Efforts to Reduce Risk Offshore
          18. BSEE Participates in Arctic Offshore Regulators Forum Meeting in Washington
          19. BSEE Director Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference
          20. BSEE BOEM Extend Public Comment Period on Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          21. BSEE Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development
          22. BSEE Observes Demonstration of Containment Dome Deployment
          23. BSEE Participates in Interspill 2015 Conference
          24. BSEE Director Addresses Employees in the Gulf of Mexico Region
          25. BSEE Associate Director Discusses Offshore Regulations at Oil and Gas Law Conference
          26. BSEE Coast Guard Issue Joint Safety Alert
          27. BSEE, BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          28. BSEE International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico at Rice Universitys Baker Institute
          29. BSEE Discusses Decommissing at Offshore Workshop
          30. BSEE Employees Attend College Recruiting Fairs in Pacific Region
          31. BSEE Speaks to International Association of Drilling Contractors on Near Miss Reporting
          32. BSEE Participates in API Winter Standards Conference
          33. Houston Man Charged With False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico
          34. BSEE Releases Technical Review of Seal Assembly and Cement Failures
          35. BSEE RESPONDS TO DAMAGED UNMANNED PLATFORM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
          36. BSEE Participates in Regional Response Team 9 Meeting
          37. BSEE to Invest $6 Million in 2015 for Oil Spill Research Projects
        2. 2014
        3. 2013
        4. 2012
      2. Press Releases
        1. 2015
          1. BSEE Director Brian Salerno Announces Key Efforts to Reduce Risk Offshore
          2. Interior Department Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development
          3. BSEE BOEM Issue Proposed Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Exploratory Drilling Offshore Alaska
          4. President Requests $204.7 million in FY 2016 Budget for Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
          5. BSEE Extends Public Comment Period for Notice on Aviation Safety on Fixed Offshore Facilities
          6. Offshore Oil Platform Owner to Improve Safety and Operations in Gulf of Mexico Following Unauthorized Oil Discharges
          7. BSEE Responds to Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
        2. 2014
        3. 2013
        4. 2012
        5. 2011
        6. Archive
    8. About BSEE
      1. Key functions of BSEE
      2. Careers
        1. Your Career in Offshore Enforcement
        2. Career Advancement and Life Enhancement
        3. Students & Recent Graduates
        4. Commitment to Diversity
        5. Application Process
        6. Room For Advancement
        7. Employment FAQs
      3. National Offshore Training Program
        1. 2014 BSEE Sample Course Descriptions(PDF)
        2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    9. Safety Culture Policy
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      2. BSEE Safety Emphasis
    10. BSEE Facilities Operations Status
      1. Current Operating Status: Open Applies to: 6/19/2015 
      2. Important Operating Status Links
    11. BSEE International and Interagency Collaboration
      1. International Collaboration
      2. Interagency Collaboration
    12. Technology and Research
      1. Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR)
        1. Master List of Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR) Projects
      2. Technology Assessment Program (TAP)
        1. Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER)
        2. Other
        3. Master List of Technology Assessment Programs (TAP) Projects
      3. Unsolicited Research Proposals
    13. Research and Training
    14. Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
    15. Offshore Stats and Facts
      1. Alaska Region
      2. Pacific Region
      3. Gulf of Mexico Region
      4. Headquarters
        1. OCS Leases
        2. OCS Operators
        3. OCS Production
        4. OCS-Related Incidents
        5. OCS Platform Activity  (table)
        6. OCS Platform Activity (graph)
      5. Alaska
        1. Historical Drilling & Operations Information
      6. Pacific
        1. Facts & Figures
        2. Lease Information
        3. Platform Information
        4. Operations Map (pdf)
        5. Pacific Production (ASCII)
      7. Gulf of Mexico
        1. Catalog of Public Information Requests, Data Files, Reports and Maps
        2. Data Center
          1. Subject Matter Categories
          2. Other Available Resources
  6. Vertical Map
    1. About BSEE
      1. BSEE Organizational Chart
      2. BSEE Leadership
      3. Strategic Goals
      4. Budget
      5. Public Engagement
      6. Directorate
      7. Divisions
      8. BSEE Regions
      9. BSEE History
      10. Doing Business With BSEE
      11. Careers
      12. National Offshore Training Program
    2. Newsroom
      1. Press Releases
      2. News Briefs
      3. Statements
      4. Speeches
        1. Technical Presentations
      5. Congressional Testimony
      6. Enforcement Newsletter
      7. Fact Sheets
      8. Library
        1. Glossary of Terms
        2. Joint Investigation Team Report
        3. Deepwater Horizon Reading Room
        4. Historical Reference
        5. Interagency Agreements
        6. FAQ
        7. Historical Civil Penalties
        8. Publications & Studies
        9. Multimedia
      9. Freedom of Information Act
        1. Directory of Key BSEE Officials
        2. Make Electronic Payment
    3. Regulations & Guidance
      1. Current Regulations
      2. Notices to Lessees
      3. Safety Alerts
        1. Historical Safety Alerts
      4. Internal Policy and Directives
      5. Standards
        1. Workshops
        2. Documents Incorporated by Reference
        3. Standards Development
      6. SEMS
        1. Performance Measures
        2. Fact Sheet
      7. Regulations In Development
    4. Inspections & Enforcement
      1. Inspection Programs
        1. Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC)
        2. Incident of Noncompliance (INC)
        3. Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC
          1. Guidelines
      2. Enforcement Tools
        1. Suspension of Operations
        2. Cancellation of Leases
        3. Remedies and Penalties
        4. Incidents of Noncompliance
          1. Recent Panel Investigation INCs Issued
          2. Annual INC Recap
          3. Incidents of Noncompliance (INC) Appeals
        5. Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC
          1. Guidelines
        6. Performance Improvement Plans
      3. Civil Penalties
        1. Civil Penalties Assessments and Appeals Procedures
        2. Summary of Civil Penalties Paid
        3. Chronological History of the OCS Civil Penalty Program  
        4. Federal Register (FR) Notices
        5. Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTL)
      4. Investigations and Review Unit
        1. IRU Hotline Complaint Procedures
        2. Telephone
        3. BSEE Employees
        4. General Public
        5. Historical Investigation Reports
      5. Incident Information
        1. Overview of Investigations and Reports
        2. Incident Reports and the Commencement of a BSEE Investigation
        3. The Scope of BSEE Incident Investigations
        4. Incident Statistics and Summaries
          1. OCS Incidents/Spills by Category: 1996-2005
          2. MMS Published Reports
        5. Reports
          1. Panel Investigation Reports
        6. The Requirements for Incident Reporting
          1. District and Regional Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Incidents
        7. The Requirements for Incident Reporting
          1. Taylor Energy/Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC20) Oil Discharge
    5. Exploration & Production
      1. Exploration and Development
        1. Alaska Region
        2. Gulf of Mexico Region
        3. Pacific Region
        4. Unitization
      2. Production
        1. OCS Production Data
        2. Alaska Region
        3. Gulf of Mexico Region
        4. Pacific Region
      3. Decommissioning Offshore Platforms
        1. Reef in Place
        2. Rigs to Reefs
        3. Statistics
          1. Structures Removal Permit Applications As of: May 31, 2013
          2. Structures Removed on the GOM OCS As of: May 31, 2013
          3. Statistics For Platforms Converted to Artificial Reefs On The OCS
        4. Idle Iron
        5. Research
          1. Sea life habitat beneath platform structure
          2. Decommissioning Research Projects
        6. FAQ's
    6. Technology & Research
      1. Technology Assessment Programs
      2. Oil Spill Response Research
      3. Ohmsett-National Oil Spill Response Research Facility
        1. OSRR Ohmsett Projects
      4. Technical Forums
    7. International & Interagency Collaboration
  7. NEXT

Story

Data Science for DoI BSEE

The Department of the Interior Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement needs Data Science as follows:

  • Data Mining of its Public Web Site;
  • Data Mining of its Private Intranet Content; and
  • Transformation to Data Gathering with Advanced Big Data Sensors and Big Data Processing and Visualization for Real Time Decision Support.

The purpose of this pilot is to show how those objectives could be accomplished.

To show how these objectives can be accomplished, I created the following demo:

1. Discovery:

  • Google Chrome Find on MindTouch Knowledge Base
  • Microsoft Excel Find on Excel Knowledge Base
  • TIBCO Spotfire Find on Spotfire Knowledge Base

Source: Semantic Community

2. Data Mining Process:

  • Business Understanding
  • Data Understanding
  • Data Preparation
  • Modeling
  • Evaluation
  • Deployment

Source: The Data Mining Process

3. Documentation:

Source: This MindTouch Page

4. Crowdsourcing

Source: URLs of Possible Relevance From Emails, etc.:

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Slides

Slides

Slide 1 Data Science for DoI BSEE

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Slide 2 Overview

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Slide 3 DoI BSEE: Web Site Map

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Slide 4 DoI BSEE: MindTouchResearch Notes

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Slide 5 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Site Map

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Slide 6 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base to Excel Spreadsheet

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Slide 7 DoI BSEE: Web Site Drop Down Menus

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Slide 8 DoI BSEE: MindTouch Knowledge Base Vertical Map

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Slide 10 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Data Dictionary

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Slide 11 DoI BSEE: Excel Spreadsheet Speeches & Presentations as Linked Data

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Slide 12 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Cover Page Find

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Slide 13 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base OCS Incidents & Spills

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Slide 14 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Safety Alerts

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Slide 16 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Master Lists of Projects

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Slide 17 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Investigations

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Slide 18 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base General Information

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Slide 19 DoI BSEE: Spotfire Knowledge Base Incident Commons

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Slide 20 Conclusions and Recommendations

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Spotfire Dashboard

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Research Notes

Found Site Map: http://www.bsee.gov/sitemap/

Copied to MindTouch and Added Structured Headings: Can Go Down 5 Levels

Assumes Site Map Includes Everything Public-See Below

Populate the Site Map Starting from the Bottom to the Top

Identify and Convert PDF to Text oe PowerPoint-Most But Not All (http://document.online-convert.com/convert-to-ppt)

Preserve Images: Done (22 so far)

Insert Images: Not Done Yet

First Discovery: There are topics (19) to be Mined in the Drop Down Menus that are not in the Site Map and Sidebars.

Knowledge Base Index in Excel Spreadsheet with Other Tables: In Process

Spreadsheet in Spotfire for Content Analytics and Discovery: In Process

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies.

59 Data Sets: http://catalog.data.gov/organization/boem-gov

Site Map

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/sitemap/

Home Page

My Note: Capture Special Content

About BSEE

My Note: Same As Below

Mission Statement:  BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

Key functions of BSEE

The Offshore Regulatory Program develops standards and regulations to enhance operational safety and environmental protection for the exploration and development of offshore oil and natural gas on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Oil Spill Response division is responsible for developing standards and guidelines for offshore operators’ Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRP) through internal and external reviews of industry OSRPs to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and coordination of oil spill drill activities. It also plays a critical role in the review and creation of policy, guidance, direction and oversight of activities related to the agency’s oil spill response. The division oversees the Unannounced Oil Spill Drill program and works closely with sister agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency to continually enhance response technologies and capabilities.

The newly created Environmental Enforcement Division is a first in the federal offshore energy regulatory program. This Division will provide sustained regulatory oversight that is focused on compliance by operators with all applicable environmental regulations, as well as making sure that operators keep the promises they make at the time they obtain their leases, submit their plans and apply for their permits.

BSEE is supported by three regional offices: New Orleans, La., Camarillo, Calif. and Anchorage, Alaska. The regional offices are responsible for reviewing Applications for Permit to Drill to ensure all of the recently implemented enhanced safety requirements are met and for conducting inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms using multi-person, multi-discipline inspection teams. BSEE’s inspectors issue Incidents of Non-Compliance and have the authority to fine companies through Civil Penalties for regulatory infractions. Regional and field operations personnel also investigate accidents and incidents.

 

Public Engagements

My Note: Open Comment Documents is Link to Regulation.gov

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) believes that public input is critical as we safely explore and develop offshore resources. Public comment is solicited in our environmental review and regulatory programs for both oil and gas, and renewable energy proposals.

This page has been created as a one-stop-shop for members of the public, local, state and tribal government officials, and interested stakeholders to navigate our comment process.

BSEE solicits comments utilizing Regulations.Gov. Through this site, you can find a complete list of BSEE Open Comment Documents

Once you locate a desired document that is open for comment, click the "Submit a Comment" link either on the Search Results screen or the actual Document Details screen.

Once the "Submit a Comment" screen displays, enter any required fields, type or attach your comment, preview your comment, and click the "Submit" button.

The system gives the user 20 minutes to complete the comment form. If you need more time to submit your comment, be sure to continue your session when prompted; otherwise it will expire and your comment will not be submitted.

Tribal Communities

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Publi...unities/Index/

Alaska Native Links

There are many Alaskan Natives and American Indians living near and using the areas where oil and gas activities are proposed. It is important for the Bureau to understand and listen to the views and recommendations made by Alaska Natives. We are committed to this process.

Federal Advisory Committees

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Publi...ry-Committees/

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) receives advice from Federal Advisory Committees in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act on issues related to safety and environmental enforcement and policy decisions regarding offshore oil and gas operations, including permitting and inspections. 

Committee meetings are open to the public and allow time for those in attendance to speak or provide written comments related to the issues being discussed. Meetings are typically announced 15 to 30 days in advance through the Federal Register and press announcements. 

To learn more about each of the advisory committees, follow their activities and to view information materials from past meetings, please see the links below: 

The Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) was chartered on February 8, 2011, to advise the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of BSEE, on a variety of issues related to offshore energy safety.

Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Publi...nt/OESC/Index/

The Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) was chartered on February 8, 2011, to advise the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), on a variety of issues related to offshore energy safety.

Membership: Members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to represent the interests of the academic community, non-governmental organizations, offshore energy industry and the Federal Government.

Official Committee Records: Meeting proceedings and other OESC documentation available for public review and access.

See Spreadsheet

January 9-10, 2013
Washington, D.C.
Federal Register Notice
Agenda
Committee Recommendations
BSEE Response
August 29-30, 2012
Anchorage, Alaska
Federal Register Notice
Agenda
Committee Recommendations
BSEE Response
April 26, 2012
Houston, Texas
Federal Register Notice
Agenda
Minutes
Committee Recommendations
BSEE Response
November 7-8, 2011
Washington, D.C.
Federal Register Notice
Agenda
Minutes
July 13- 14, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana
Federal Register Notice
Agenda
Minutes
April 18, 2011
Washington, DC
Federal Register Notice
Agenda
Minutes

Press Releases

Media Contact: BSEE Public Affairs

BSEE Regions

My Note: This Link From the Site Map is Broken but the Sidebar Link Works

http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-.../BSEE-Regions/

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has offices in three geographic regions.

 

Alaska Region

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-...ka-OCS-Region/

An illustrated map of the continental US and Alaska and the area and placement of the corresponding OCS Regions. An image of the Alaska Regional Office is shown.

The Alaska Region oversees more than one billion acres on the Outer Continental Shelf and more than 6,000 miles of coastline -- more coastline than in the rest of the United States combined. The region encompasses the Arctic ocean, the Bering Sea and the northern Pacific Ocean.

Like all BSEE regions, the Alaska Region works to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

Regional offices are responsible for reviewing Applications for Permit to Drill (APD)s to ensure all recently implemented enhanced safety requirements are met, and for conducting inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms using multi-person, multi-disciplinary inspection teams.

Alaska Region inspectors issue Incidents of Non-Compliance (INC)s and have the authority to fine companies through civil penalties for regulatory infractions. Regional and field operations personnel also investigate accidents and incidents that result in injuries and/or pollution.

Contact Info:
3801 Centerpoint Dr Ste 500
Anchorage AK 99503-5820

Main Phone Number: 907-334-5300 
Main Fax Number: 907-334-5302

Guy Hayes
O: 907-334-5333
M: 907-301-2473

Gulf of Mexico Region

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-...Mexico-Region/

BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. In this effort it is supported by three regional offices: New Orleans, La.; Camarillo, Calif.; and Anchorage, Alaska.

These regional offices are responsible for reviewing Applications for Permit to Drill to ensure all of the recently implemented enhanced safety requirements are met, and for conducting inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms using multi-person, multi-disciplinary inspection teams.

BSEE inspectors issue Incidents of Non-Compliance and have the authority to fine companies through civil penalties for regulatory infractions. Regional and field operations personnel also investigate accidents and incidents that result injuries and/or pollution.

The Gulf of Mexico Region currently oversees approximately 3,400 offshore oil and natural gas facilities accounting for nearly 30 percent of the nation's domestic oil production and about 11 percent of domestic natural gas production.

Contact Info:
1201 Elmwood Park Blvd 
New Orleans LA 70123-2394

Main Switchboard: 504-736-0557 
Public Information Office:  1-800-200-4853 (504-736-2519)
Media Inquiries:  504-736-2485

Chauntra Rideaux
O: 504-731-7847
M: 504-715-4552

Pacific Region

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-...acific-Region/

BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. In this effort it is supported by three regional offices: New Orleans, La.; Camarillo, Calif.; and Anchorage, Alaska.

These regional offices are responsible for reviewing Applications for Permit to Drill to ensure all of the recently implemented enhanced safety requirements are met, and for conducting inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms using multi-person, multi-disciplinary inspection teams.

BSEE inspectors issue Incidents of Non-Compliance and have the authority to fine companies through civil penalties for regulatory infractions. Regional and field operations personnel also investigate accidents and incidents that result injuries and/or pollution.

The Pacific Region currently oversees operational and production activity from 23 oil and gas platforms located offshore southern California. These facilities account for about 24 million barrels of oil and 47 billion cubic feet of gas annually.

Contact Info:
760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102
Camarillo, CA 93010

Main Phone Number:  805-384-6300
Public Information:  800-672-2627

Julia Hagan
O: 805-384-4703
M: 805-377-3872

Equal Employment Opportunity

The BSEE is an equal opportunity employer. BSEE is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce. We believe that our diverse perspectives and experiences make us stronger and better able to address our greatest challenges. BSEE welcomes differences of thought, background, education, marital status, experience, socioeconomic status, occupation, language and geographic location. BSEE is committed to a team of the best talents and skills of all Americans to our mission for current and future generations.

For additional information, please contact the BSEE Equal Opportunity Office at 202-208-3560.

Federal employees, former Federal employees, and applicants for Federal employment enjoy protections under Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower, and the No Fear Act.

BSEE Emergency Operations

My Note: Left Original URLs

Are you ready for Hurricane Season 2011?

The MIB and Herndon Offices will be closed to employees and visitors on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  BSEE and BOEM employees should check-in with their supervisors for updates Tuesday afternoon.  The bureaus have also established the following phone numbers for employees who are unable to report directly to supervisors during emergencies:

  • Short-Term Emergencies: 1-866-797-1999 or 703-787-1999
  • Long-Term Emergencies: 1-866-436-4667 (Select Option 1)
  • MIB Short Term Emergencies: 202 208-6606

Employees are encouraged to follow guidance from OPM at http://www.opm.gov/status/index.aspx for updates on Hurricane Sandy.  Contractors must also check in with their Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for updates.  

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

It’s time to review emergency procedures at home and at work. If you have questions about local office procedures, please discuss with your supervisor or contact your local emergency coordinator or safety officer. You may also send questions to the Emergency Hotline Mailbox.

We know too well that hurricanes can cause massive property damage and loss of life. Early preparation is the key to protecting our families, pets and property. History has shown that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters.

Here are the basics…

Everyone should have a personal disaster preparedness kit. This kit should include water and non-perishable food for 3 to 7 days, blankets or sleeping bag, prescription medicines, first aid kit, personal hygiene items, flashlight, battery-powered radio, spare batteries, appropriate clothing, basic hand tools, important documents and cash. Add special items for young children, the elderly and pets.

Monitor weather forecasts and understand hurricane forecasting terminology. Know where to go if it is necessary to evacuate. Staying with family or friends is the best option since hotels fill up quickly. Fuel all vehicles if a storm threatens. Leave early and don’t travel further than necessary to reach safe shelter. Remember to plan for your pets. Designate a family member or friend outside of the disaster area to act as an emergency contact.

Have a plan for protecting your home. Use plywood or storm shutters to protect windows and doors from flying debris. If windows or doors fail, pressure increases inside the structure and the likelihood of roof failure increases. Prepare plywood or shutters before a hurricane threatens. To minimize the risk of fire, turn off LP gas and electricity prior to evacuating. Turn off water to docks and piers to prevent losing water through damaged piping. To learn more visit the NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Web Site.

The 2011 Hurricane Season runs through November 30th so…

Doing Business With BSEE

Acquisition Services At-a-Glance – Our dedicated acquisition professionals deliver customer-focused acquisition services with the highest degree of integrity and the cooperative effort of our partners.

Small Business Program – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Small Business Program was established to (1) assist small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, to develop, grow, and ensure their long-term success; (2) continually foster an environment where small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses can compete successfully for a fair share of BSEE's procurements on their own merits; and (3) assist large businesses to increase subcontracting opportunities for small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, women-owned small, veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

Procurement Business Opportunities – BSEE's Acquisition Office acquires the products and services required to support Agency mission goals. Commercial opportunities are advertised on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) web site. Please click this link to view BSEE’s Fiscal Year 2015 Advance Procurement Plan (Forecast). Some of the products/services we purchase are:

  • Engineering Services
  • Oil Spill Technology Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Consulting Services
  • Office Products

Justification and Approval of Noncompetitive Contract Awards (JOFOC) - To comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 6.305, BSEE's Acquisition Procurement Office publishes approved JOFOCs at the Government point-of-entry, http://www.fedbizopps.gov, and on its public website. Click here to view these JOFOCs on our public website.

Justification and Approval of Noncompetitive Contract Awards (JOFOC)

Justification and Approval of Noncompetitive Contract Awards (JOFOC) - To comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 6.305, BSEE's Acquisition Procurement Office publishes approved JOFOCs at the Government point-of-entry, www.fedbizopps.gov, and on its public website.

 

Link to JOFOC Award Date Award Number Description
JOFOC 1/22/2015 E12PD00109 Offshore Energy and Minerals Management Information Technology Support
OCS Operations Forms

The forms on this page have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB approved the paperwork burdens and assigned an approval expiration date to each form. Should a form display an "expired" OMB approval date, please be advised that we have submitted that form to OMB for review and approval. While at OMB, the expired approval date is automatically extended on a month-by-month basis until it is approved and assigned a new expiration date. You may view any information collection that is under review at the OMB web site.

See Spreadsheet

Pipeline Section
BSEE-0149   Assignment of Federal OCS Pipeline Right-of-Way Grant --  Reporting Instructions
Drilling and Operation
BSEE-0123 Application for Permit to Drill (APD)  
BSEE-0123S Supplemental APD Information Sheet 
BSEE-0124 Application for Permit to Modify (APM) 
BSEE-0125 End of Operations Report (EOR) 
BSEE-0130 SEMS Accreditation Body Application
BSEE-0131 Performance Measures Data -- Reporting Instructions 
BSEE-0133 Well Activity Report (WAR) -- Tool Code List  (updated 03/25/2015) 
BSEE-0133S Open Hole Data Report  (Supplement to the Well Activity Report) 
BSEE-0143 Facility/Equipment Damage Report 
BSEE-0144   Rig Movement Notification Report 
Production
BSEE-0126 Well Potential Test Report (WPT) 
BSEE-0128 Semiannual Well Test Report (SWTR)
BSEE-0132 Hurricane and Tropical Storm Evacuation and Production Curtailment Statistics - Gulf of Mexico OCS Region (GOMR)

BSEE Leadership

The bureau is led by a Director appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Director is supported by senior executives who manage national programs, policy and budget in the bureau's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Each of the bureau's three Regions -- Alaska, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico -- has a Region Director responsible for management and program implementation.

  • Director Brian Salerno My Note: See Below
  • Deputy Director Margaret Schneider My Note: See Below
  • Associate Director Allyson K. Anderson My Note: See Below

Associate Director for Administration: Scott Mabry
Scott Mabry has been at the Department of Interior since 2004, and is Associate Director for Administration. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Mabry served as Deputy Director, Office of Financial Management, Department of the Interior, and prior to that, he was the Chief of the Finance Division at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). Before joining Interior, he worked at KPMG, a public accounting firm.
Mr. Mabry is a graduate of Kansas State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Virginia, and is a member of the Virginia Society of Public Accountants.

Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs Chief: Doug Morris
As Chief of Offshore Regulatory Programs, Mr. Morris is responsible for developing and maintaining up-to-date regulations, policies, standards and guidelines for best available and safest practices that govern industry’s offshore operations nationwide and maintains oversight of the bureau’s compliance activities and assures appropriate and effective enforcement actions.
Mr. Morris comes to BSEE most recently from the Energy Information Administration where he initially served as Director of the Reserves and Production Division and was subsequently responsible for the Oil and Gas Supply & Financial Statistics Team. Prior to joining EIA, Morris was a member of the American Petroleum Institute's executive staff where he served as the Group Director for Upstream and Industry Operations. Before joining API, he worked as a petroleum engineer with MMS and with private industry.

Environmental Enforcement Division Chief: Charles Barbee
Charles Barbee is the Environmental Enforcement Division Chief for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Mr. Barbee has more than 20 years of experience with the U.S. Coast Guard. Most recently, he was the Coast Guard's program manager for both marine investigations and environmental crime. During his career, Mr. Barbee has specialized in oil spill contingency planning, pollution investigation and response, marine inspections and marine casualty investigations. He graduated and received his commission from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Oil Spill Response Division Chief: David Moore
David Moore is the Chief of the Oil Spill Response Division for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Mr. Moore has more than 14 years of experience with the Department of the Interior. He most recently served as the Coordinator of BOEMRE's Oil Spill Program. He earned a Master of Engineering degree from Tulane University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of New Orleans.

Gulf of Mexico Region Director: Lars Herbst
Lars Herbst is the Gulf of Mexico Regional Director for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Mr. Herbst has over 27 years of experience with the Department of the Interior. He most recently served as the Gulf of Mexico Regional Director for BOEMRE. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Louisiana and earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Alaska Region Director: Mark Fesmire
Mark Fesmire is the Alaska Region Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Mr. Fesmire most recently served in the New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, where he has was the Director of the State Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency and Chairman of the Oil and Gas Commission for the past seven years. Prior to attending New Mexico State University where he received his Bachelor's Degrees in Geological and Civil Engineering, Mr. Fesmire worked in the offshore oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico. After 12 years as a petroleum engineer, he completed Law School at Texas Tech University School of Law. He is a Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer and Licensed Attorney.

Pacific Region Director: Jaron E. Ming
Jaron E. Ming is the Pacific Regional Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Mr. Ming most recently served as the Pacific Region's Lead Leasing Specialist. He previously served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Director. He started his career in the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow. Mr. Ming earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Director Salerno Biography

Director Brian Salerno

Brian Salerno was sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on August 26, 2013. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

Prior to his appointment as Bureau Director, Salerno served as the U.S. Coast Guard's Deputy Commandant for Operations where he was responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, guidance and resources as needed to meet national priorities for U.S. Coast Guard missions, programs and services. Previous Washington, D.C.-based assignments included serving as the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, Assistant Commandant for Policy and Planning, and Director of Inspections and Compliance.

Salerno was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard in December 1976 after attending Officer Candidate School. Over the course of his 36-year active duty career, Salerno attained the rank of Vice Admiral, serving predominantly within the U.S. Coast Guard's marine safety program. His field assignments included commanding units in Boston, MA and San Juan, PR, in addition to other assignments in Baltimore, MD; Port Arthur, TX; Portland, ME; and as the marine safety adviser to the Panama Canal Authority.

Salerno is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, with a Masters in Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College nonresident program, and holds a Master's Degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is licensed as a master of small passenger vessels.

Margaret N. Schneider, Deputy Director

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-...ret-Schneider/

Margaret N. Schneider is the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As the deputy, she is responsible for assisting the BSEE Director with the regulatory oversight of the offshore oil and natural gas industry. Her responsibilities include all field operations including permitting, research, inspections, offshore regulatory programs, oil spill response and newly formed training and environmental compliance functions. Prior to assuming the duties of Deputy Director, Schneider served for several months as the Senior Advisor to the BSEE Director and assisted with policy reviews and managed special projects.

Schneider served for 30 years with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before joining BSEE. Her final position with the EPA was as the Associate Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water. She was responsible for policy and management issues and coordination with external agencies. Prior to that, she served as the Principle Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Environmental Information where she managed the national budget, security, information technology, acquisition and management issues for the EPA.

Schneider is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Law degree from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia.

Allyson K. Anderson, Associate Director of Strategic Engagement

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-...iate-Director/

Allyson K. Anderson is the Associate Director of Strategic Engagement of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the Department of the Interior. Prior to joining BSEE she was a senior professional staff member on Chairman Jeff Bingaman's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Ms. Anderson came to DC and capital hill as the 2006-2007 American Geological Institute/American Association of Petroleum Geologist Bill Fischer congressional Science Fellow. While working on the Energy Committee, she worked on many energy and resource related issues including oil and gas exploration and production activities, mineral criticality, carbon sequestration and geothermal energy resources. She also worked on policy related to fossil energy research and development, critical minerals and materials for clean energy technologies and other geological and science related policy areas.

Prior to joining the Energy Committee staff, Ms. Anderson was a petrophysicist/senior geoscientist at ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Houston, Texas and student/researcher at the Kansas Geological Survey. She earned a Master's degree in Geology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 2000. She is a former President of the Association for Women Geoscientists and has also served on many other volunteer, professional outreach and education committees through professional geoscientific organizations. Ms. Anderson is also currently an adjunct professor and Energy Scholar at Georgetown University's Science in the Public Interest Program.

Strategic Goals

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/WorkArea/Downloa...id=85899347070 (PDF)

My Note: This was left out of the Site Map

Strategic Goals at a Glance

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Strategic Goals 1 & 2

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Contact Us

If you have a question, comment, or concern, please send an email to our webmaster at bseewebmaster@bsee.gov and we will contact you shortly. Below is other contact information.

Headquarters

Washington D.C.
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Public Affairs: Greg Julian
O:202-208-6184
M: 202-412-8375

Sterling, VA
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, VA 20166

Regional Offices

Gulf of Mexico OCS Region & Atlantic Activities
1201 Elmwood Park Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70123-2394
Phone: 1-800-200-4853
Public Affairs: Chauntra Rideaux
O: 504-731-7847
M: 504-715-4552

Pacific OCS Region
760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102
Camarillo, CA 93010
Toll Free: 1-800-672-2627
General Information:  805-384-6300
Public Affairs: Julia Hagan
O: 805-384-4703
M: 805-377-3872

Alaska OCS Region
3801 Centerpoint Drive Ste 500
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 334-5300
Public Affairs: Guy Hayes
O: 907-334-5333
M: 907-301-2473

Oil Spill Program Emergency Contact

BSEE IRU Hotline:  1-877-440-0173 or 202-208-5646

OIG Hotline: 1-800-424-5081

To report oil spills, contact regional and/or district staff using current emergency reporting requirements.

Remember that all oil spills must be reported to the National Response Center (1-800-424-8802)

Guides For Greater Understanding of Alaksan Native Culture

These Guides were published on the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Alaska Region website with the permission of the communities.

The views expressed in these documents are those of the communities at the time of publication, and do not necessarily reflect the view of the BSEE.

Nuiqsut Paisanich: My Note: Image PDF
Nuiqsut Heritage: A Cultural Plan

Prepared by the Arctic Environmental Information & Data Center for the Village of Nuiqsut & the North Slope Borough Planning Commission & Commission on History & Culture

In this PlaceMy Note: Image PDF
A Guide for Those Who Would Work in the Country of the Kaktovikmuit.

An unfinished and on-going Work of the People of Kaktovik, Alaska.

Doing Business With BSEE

NOTE:

  • Effective June 1, 2015 the U.S. Treasury has changed the Credit Card payment limit from $49,999.99 to $24,999.99 for Paygov payments. The ACH (electronic check) remittance is to be used for payments greater than $24,999.99.
  • Effective October 1, 2013 the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued an adjustment of service fees for thirty-one Outer Continental Shelf activities.  For additional information, please see the associated Federal Register Notice.

My Note: These are Links to the Tables Below Except for *. See Spreadsheet

Production & Development Pipeline Refund
Request
Miscellaneous Collections Royalty Rate Relief
Facility & Well Permits Structures Exploration & Development Plans Appeals FOIA Bill for Collection
Appeals
Service Cost
Appeals $150
Open Access Complaints $7,500
Exploration and Development Plans
Service Cost
Deepwater Operations Plan $3,599

BSEE History

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) was formally established on October 1, 2011 as part of a major reorganization of the Department of the Interior's offshore regulatory structure.  

BSEE uses the full range of authorities, policies and tools to compel safety, emergency preparedness, environmental responsibility and appropriate development and conservation of offshore oil and natural gas resources.  Key functions include:

  • an offshore regulatory program that develops standards and regulations and emphasizes a culture of safety in all offshore activities;
  • oil spill response preparation including review of industry Oil Spill Response Plans to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • environmental enforcement with a focus on compliance by operators with all applicable environmental regulations, as well as ensuring that operators adhere to the stipulations of their approved leases, plans and permits;
  • and funding scientific research to enhance the information and technology needed to build and sustain the organizational, technical and intellectual capacity within and across BSEE’s key functions that keeps pace with industry technological improvements, innovates regulation and enforcement and reduces risk through systematic assessment and regulatory and enforcement actions in order to better carry out the BSEE mission. 

The bureau maintains regional offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Camarillo, Calif., and New Orleans, La., with additional district offices along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

DOI reorganization of the former MMS

My Note: Same as Reorganization Below

Offshore Reforms

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) was formally established on October 1, 2011 as part of a major reorganization of the Department of the Interior's offshore regulatory structure.  

BSEE uses the full range of authorities, policies and tools to compel safety, emergency preparedness, environmental responsibility and appropriate development and conservation of offshore oil and natural gas resources.  Key functions include:

  • an offshore regulatory program that develops standards and regulations and emphasizes a culture of safety in all offshore activities;
  • oil spill response preparation including review of industry Oil Spill Response Plans to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • environmental enforcement with a focus on compliance by operators with all applicable environmental regulations, as well as ensuring that operators adhere to the stipulations of their approved leases, plans and permits;
  • and funding scientific research to enhance the information and technology needed to build and sustain the organizational, technical and intellectual capacity within and across BSEE’s key functions that keeps pace with industry technological improvements, innovates regulation and enforcement and reduces risk through systematic assessment and regulatory and enforcement actions in order to better carry out the BSEE mission. 

The bureau maintains regional offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Camarillo, Calif., and New Orleans, La., with additional district offices along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

Reforms

In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama Administration launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. The reforms, which strengthen requirements for everything from well design and workplace safety to corporate accountability, are helping ensure that the United States can safely and responsibly expand development of its energy resources.

The administration quickly launched the most aggressive campaign to enforce safety and conservation on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In selecting Michael R. Bromwich to lead the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in June 2010, President Barack Obama and Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar issued a mandate: to reform the government’s regulation of offshore energy development and the agency responsible for it. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and BOEMRE (now BSEE) made fundamental changes necessary to restore the American people’s confidence in the safety and environmental protection of oil and gas drilling and production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, ensuring that responsible oil and gas development continues.

Improving the Safety of Offshore Drilling

The bureau launched aggressive, comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight:

Enhanced Drilling Safety

  • Operators must demonstrate that they are prepared to deal with the potential for a blowout and worst-case discharge per NTL-06.
  • Permit applications for drilling projects must meet new standards for well-design, casing, and cementing, and be independently certified by a professional engineer per the new Drilling Safety Rule. Drilling standards have been strengthened in the exploration and development stages, for equipment, safety practices, environmental safeguards, and oversight.
  • New guidance, through NTL-10, requires a corporate compliance statement and review of subsea blowout containment resources for deepwater drilling, a key lesson of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • The bureau announced that they will begin to use multiple-person inspection teams for offshore oil and gas inspections. This internal process improvement will improve oversight and help ensure that offshore operations proceed safely and responsibly. The new process will allow teams to inspect multiple operations simultaneously and thoroughly, and enhance the quality of inspections on larger facilities.

Enhanced Workplace Safety

  • BSEE imposed, for the first time, requirements that offshore operators maintain comprehensive safety and environmental programs. This includes performance-based standards for offshore drilling and production operations, including equipment, safety practices, environmental safeguards, and management oversight of operations and contractors. Companies will now have to develop and maintain a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) per the new Workplace Safety Rule.

Ongoing Improvements to the Offshore Regulator

The reorganization and internal reforms that were implemented were designed to remove the complex and sometimes conflicting missions of the former MMS by clarifying and separating these missions across three agencies and providing each of the new agencies with clear areas of focus and new resources necessary to fulfill those missions:

  • In the place of the former Mineral Management Service (MMS), three strong, independent agencies were created with clearly defined roles and missions through a comprehensive re-organization.
  • In his first week, Director Bromwich established an Investigations and Review Unit to root out problems within the regulatory agency and target companies that aim to game the system.
  • The bureau has implemented a new recusal policy for employees to deal with real and perceived conflicts of interest.
  • Secretary Salazar and Director Bromwich launched a full review of the use of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), categorical exclusions, during which they are not being used to approve proposed deepwater drilling projects.
  • As part of the reorganization, the bureau created multiple Implementation Teams, tasked with analyzing various aspects of bureau’s regulatory structure and helping to implement the reform agenda.
  • Secretary Salazar and Director Bromwich established the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee, a permanent advisory body of the nation’s leading scientific, engineering, and technical experts who provide critical guidance on improving offshore drilling safety, well containment, and spill response.
  • BSEE believes that public engagement is critical as we safely explore and develop offshore resources. Public comment is solicited in our environmental review and regulatory programs for both oil and gas, and renewable energy proposals. This is critical to science-based decision making that is transparent and accessible.
Reorganization

On May 19, 2010, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed a Secretarial Order dividing the Minerals Management Service (MMS) into three independent entities to better carry out its three missions of 1) ensuring the balanced and responsible development of energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); 2) ensuring safe and environmentally responsible exploration and production and enforcing applicable rules and regulations; and 3) ensuring a fair return to the taxpayer from offshore royalty and revenue collection and disbursement activities. 

MMS was renamed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to more accurately describe the scope of the organization’s oversight. Michael R. Bromwich, was chosen to lead BOEMRE in June 2010 to reform the government’s regulation of offshore energy development and the agency responsible for it.

An implementation plan published by the Department of the Interior in July 2010 called for restructuring the department’s offshore energy management responsibilities, detailing a transition that would begin as early as October 1 and be completed in 2011.

In the place of the former MMS – and to replace  BOEMRE – we are creating three strong, independent agencies with clearly defined roles and missions. MMS – with its conflicting missions of promoting resource development, enforcing safety regulations, and maximizing revenues from offshore operations and lack of resources – could not keep pace with the challenges of overseeing industry operating in U.S. waters.

The reorganization of the former MMS is designed to remove those conflicts by clarifying and separating missions across three agencies and providing each of the new agencies with clear missions and additional  resources necessary to fulfill those missions. As we implement these organizational changes, all bureaus are taking into account the crucial need for information-sharing and the other connections among the functions of the former MMS. This is essential to ensure that the regulatory processes related to offshore leasing, plan approval, and permitting are not adversely affected.

Implementation

On October 1, 2010, the bureau completed the transfer of the revenue collection function. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue now resides under the jurisdiction of DOI’s Office of Policy, Management and Budget. The final stage of the reorganization of BOEMRE will become effective October 1, 2011 when its splits  into two independent entities: the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

On October 1, 2011, the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was created. BOEM is responsible for managing development of the nation’s offshore resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Functions include: Leasing, Plan Administration, Environmental Studies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Analysis, Resource Evaluation, Economic Analysis and the Renewable Energy Program. 
Also on October 1, 2011, the new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) was created to enforce safety and environmental regulations. Functions include: All field operations including Permitting and Research, Inspections, Offshore Regulatory Programs, Oil Spill Response, and newly formed Training and Environmental Compliance functions.

Specifically, the separation of BOEM and BSEE:

  • Separates resource management from safety oversight to allow permitting engineers and inspectors greater independence, more budgetary autonomy and clearer senior leadership focus. The goal is to create a tough-minded but fair regulator that can effectively evaluate and keep pace with the risks and challenges of offshore drilling and will promote the development of safety cultures in offshore operators.
  • Provides a structure that ensures that robust environmental analyses are conducted and that the potentialenvironmental effects of proposed operations are given appropriate weight during decision-making related to resource management in BOEM and ensures that leasing and plan approval activities are properly balanced. These processes must be both rigorous and efficient so that operations can go forward in a timely manner with a complete understanding of their potential environmental impacts and appropriate mitigation of  those potential environmental effects are in place.
  • Strengthens the role of environmental review and analysis in both organizations through various structural and organizational mechanisms. Those include:
    • The creation of a first-ever Chief Environmental Officer in BOEM;
    • Separating Environmental reviews from Leasing in the regions in BOEM;
    • The development of a new Environmental Compliance and enforcement function in BSEE; and
    • More prominent Oil Spill Response Plan review and enforcement in BSEE.

For a Fact Sheet on the BOEM-BSEE separation please click here. My Note: See Below

Fact Sheet: The BSEE and BOEM Separation

Source: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressrelease...paration-2.pdf (PDF)

JANUARY 19, 2011
FACT SHEET: THE BSEE AND BOEM SEPARATION

An Independent Safety, Enforcement and Oversight Mission

Pursuant to the May 19, 2010 Secretarial Order, the Department of the Interior is establishing three separate and independent entities to carry out the functions once performed by the Minerals Management Service.

MMS was renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in mid-June, 2010, as Director Bromwich was sworn-in, to more accurately describe the scope of the organization’s oversight. On October 1, 2010, the revenue collection arm of the former MMS became the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

On January 19, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director Bromwich announced the separation of the: 1) the resource development and energy management functions of BOEMRE; and 2) the safety and enforcement functions of BOEMRE.

  • The new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be responsible for managing development of the nation’s offshore resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Functions will include: Leasing, Plan Administration, Environmental Studies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Analysis, Resource Evaluation, Economic Analysis and the Renewable Energy Program.
  • The new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will enforce safety and environmental regulations. Functions will include: All field operations including Permitting and Research, Inspections, Offshore Regulatory Programs, Oil Spill Response, and newly formed Training and Environmental Compliance functions.

The separation of BSEE and BOEM specifically:

  • Separates resource management from safety oversight to allow permitting engineers and inspectors greater independence, more budgetary autonomy and clearer senior leadership focus. The goal is to create a tough-minded, but fair, regulator that can effectively evaluate and keep pace with the risks of offshore drilling and will promote the development of safety cultures in offshore operators.
  • Provides a structure that ensures that robust environmental analyses are conducted and that the potential environmental effects of proposed operations are given appropriate weight during decision-making related to resource management in BOEM and to ensure that leasing and plan approval activities are properly balanced. These processes must be both rigorous and efficient so that operations can go forward in a timely manner with a complete understanding of their potential environmental impacts and appropriate mitigation against those potential environmental effects in place.
  • Strengthens the role of environmental review and analysis in both organizations through various structural and organizational mechanisms. Those include:
    • The creation of a first-ever Chief Environmental Officer in BOEM;
    • Separating Environmental reviews from Leasing in the regions in BOEM;
    • The development of a new Environmental Compliance and enforcement function in BSEE; and
    • More prominent Oil Spill Response Plan review and enforcement in BSEE.
  • Takes into account the crucial need for information-sharing and other linkages between BSEE and BOEM that is essential to ensure that the business and regulatory processes related to offshore leasing, plan approval, and permitting are not plagued by bureaucratic paralysis.

The decisions on how to structure the reorganization were made after extensive interviews and discussions with BOEMRE employees in all of our regional offices; collecting and analyzing data relating to the Bureau’s processes, systems and regulatory metrics; and developing various models and options for restructuring and reorganizing the Bureau.

BSEE Divisions

EED My Note: See Below

Please select a division below for more information. Thank you

Environmental Enforcement Division
EED Focus

To monitor, verify, improve, and enforce industry’s compliance with environmental standards during Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) operations. These standards include, but are not limited to, environmental laws, regulations, and relevant provisions, stipulations, and conditions placed on OCS leases, plans, and permits.

EED Responsibilities
  • Environmental oversight in the Alaska OCS Regional Office (AKOCSR), Pacific OCS Regional Office (POCSR), and the Gulf of Mexico OCS Regional Office (GOMR) ;
  • EED policy, regulation, and program development and implementation;
  • Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regarding the permitting of the BSEE’s OCS operations, and the monitoring of these activities;
  • Environmental compliance and enforcement activities;
  • Coordination with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other Federal, State, and local agencies;
  • Public outreach efforts regarding environmental compliance; and
  • Support of the Alaska Region, Pacific Region and the Gulf of Mexico Region of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)

 

The Scientists and Engineers in EED carry out their responsibilities as BSEE’s National Coordinators for the followingEnvironmental Programs:

To carry out Environmental Program oversight, EED relies upon:

Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs

The Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs (ORP) manages rules, standards, and compliance programs governing oil, gas, and mineral operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). ORP is responsible for

  • OCS regulations and the associated policy documents
  • Safety management programs
  • Safety and pollution prevention research
  • Technology assessments
  • Inspection and enforcement policies
  • Accident investigation practices
  • Development and execution of the agency's technical training program
  • ORP coordinates Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) operational and safety programs with the U.S. Coast Guard, other Federal and State agencies, industry groups, and international regulatory partners.

The ORP Emerging Technologies Branch (ETB) is charged with the identification, development and incorporation of new or emerging technologies into the BSEE regulatory program. The ETB works with accredited laboratories, standards organizations, and technical experts to evaluate the Best Available and Safest Technologies (BAST) suitable for use on an OCS facility.

The ORP Safety and Environmental Management Systems Branch (SEMS) provides guidance to assist the OCS industry in evaluating and improving their overall safety management systems. The SEMS program promotes an operator-driven system that continually improves safety culture and safety practices within the oil and gas industry. Recent achievements of the SEMS Program include publication of the SEMS II final Rule, the final Safety Culture Policy Statement, and the announcement of Safety Culture Public Workshops. BSEE implements practices of the SEMS Program and demonstrates a robust internal safety culture by promoting employee safety awareness through a variety of Bureau safety activities.

The ORP Regulations and Standards Branch directs the national program in the assessment, development, and promulgation of regulations and standards for the exploration and development of oil, gas, sulphur, and other minerals on the OCS.

The ORP Offshore Safety Improvement Branch is responsible for oversight of the Bureau's programs for inspection, aviation management, incident investigation and data analysis, and systems reliability.

The ORP Offshore Training Branch (OTB) develops and designs training and professional development opportunities for all BSEE employees. A primary focus of the OTB is to enhance the qualifications and capabilities of inspectors and engineers to enforce compliance with environmental laws and regulations, promote safety, and encourage proper stewardship and conservation of our nation’s offshore resources.

The ORP Civil Penalties and Enforcement Support Team oversees the BSEE Civil Penalty and Enforcement Program. The goal of the OCS Civil Penalties Program is to assure safe and clean operations on the OCS. Through the pursuit, assessment, and collection of civil penalties, the program is designed to encourage compliance with OCS statutes and regulations.

Oil Spill Preparedness Division

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) oversees oil spill planning and preparedness for U.S. facilities located in both state and federal waters seaward of the coastline that handle, store or transport oil. This authority is granted through the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and Executive Order 12777. All functions related to BSEE authorities in oil spill research, planning, preparedness and response are now handled through the National Oil Spill Program which is administered by the Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD).

OSPD is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with regional offices located in New Orleans, Louisiana; Camarillo, California; and Anchorage, Alaska.

OSPD is responsible for carrying out BSEE authorities related to oil spill research, planning, preparedness, and response. Some of these functions include:

  • Reviewing and approving oil spill response plans.
  • Funding and dissemination of oil spill response research
  • Supporting the National Response Team, Regional Response Teams, Area Committees, and the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR)
  • Providing subject matter expertise to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator during oil spills from regulated offshore facilities
  • Engaging with the international community to improve oil spill planning, preparedness, and response
  • Conducting government initiated unannounced exercises
  • Verifying that spill response resources are at optimal performance levels.

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OSPD funds and manages numerous research projects, and manages the Ohmsett facility where full scale oil spill response testing, training, and research can take place with oil in a realistic simulated marine environment. A complete list of research conducted is posted on the Oil Spill Response Research page.

For general information contact: oilspillpreparednessdivision@bsee.gov

As a reminder, if you observe an offshore oil spill, you should call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802, and the appropriate Regional BSEE representative if the spill is one barrel or greater.

Ohmsett Model Sterling Virginia

BSEE Directorate

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BSEE Office of Congressional Affairs

As BSEE's primary point of contact with Congress, OCA is responsible for the coordination of all bureau communication, outreach, and effective exchange of information with congressional offices, and serves as the liaison with Congress, the Department of the Interior, and other Federal executive agencies on all congressional activities and legislative proposals that affect BSEE.

OCA activities include the evaluation of legislative proposals, official communication regarding programs, policies and positions on matters under consideration by the Congress, the preparation and coordination of testimony for BSEE and Department witnesses, and the coordination of BSEE's involvement in congressional meetings and hearings.

BSEE Office of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs coordinates the public affairs activities of all of the bureau's components and offices.

The Office of Public Affairs is the primary point of contact for news media, organizations and the public seeking information about the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's programs, policies, procedures and services. BSEE OPA assists the director and senior staff on all public affairs, as well as strategic and internal communications matters. They also serve as a liaison with the Department of the Interior, other federal agencies, state and local governments and other organizations concerning public information matters.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • preparing speeches for the Director and senior managers;
  • serving as the principal news media gateway for official Bureau announcements, press releases, news briefs, statements, biographies of principal officers, and other documents of public interest;
  • coordinating the Bureau's external message for offshore emergency response, safety and enforcement activities;
  • serving as the Bureau-wide point of contact for the planning, development, and review of all Bureau print, web, display, audiovisual and broadcast products intended for the public;
  • establishing and maintaining close working relationships with a broad range of public and private sector organizations; and
  • managing the bureau's web content, including content on bsee.gov and in social media.
BSEE Investigations and Review Unit

Represents the Director investigating and reviewing reports of problems or potential problems with offshore activity on America's Outer Continental Shelf.

BSEE Office of Budget

Manages the organizational budgets for BSEE. This includes all operations, management and personnel costs for the headquarters and four locations.

BSEE Office of Policy Analysis

OPAA provides independent review and analysis of BSEE program and management issues. They lead, coordinate, and monitor initiatives, assuring a consistent, BSEE-wide implementation that directly supports Congressional, Presidential and Departmental directives, laws, mandates and guidance. OPAA also assures implementation of recommendations made by oversight groups such as the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General.

Office of International Programs

Supporting BSEE and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), OIP actively identifies and participates in international cooperation that mutually promotes better safety and environmental decisions in offshore resource decisions. They focus on:

  • oil and gas and renewable resource management;
  • monitoring, developing, and refining safety and environmental standards;
  • technical and information exchanges with our international regulatory counterparts;
  • providing technical advice to the U.S. Department of State, other U.S. agencies and developing countries.

BSEE Budgets

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BSEE Budget Division

The BSEE Budget Division provides budget analysis and guidance for the formulation, Congressional and execution phases of the budget cycle. During the budget formulation cycle, the Budget Division develops and maintains all budgetary data to support BSEE ’s budget requests to the Department with submission of the Budget Proposal, to the Office of Management & Budget with submission of the Budget Estimates and to the Congress with submission of the Budget Justifications. During the Congressional phase, the Budget Division prepares capability and effect statements, provides answers to House and Senate questions and drafts testimonies and oral statements for Congressional hearings. Throughout the execution phase, the Budget Division tracks spending against line item budgets, analyzes budgetary and expense data and provides regular updates to BSEE executives on the status of funds. The Budget Division works closely with the Planning & Management Division and program level performance staff to integrate performance data and information into all aspects of budget formulation and execution.

BSEE OSRD Division

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BSEE ORP Division

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BSEE Newsroom

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BSEE Fact Sheets

See Spreadsheet

Incident Information
Taylor Energy Oil Discharge at MC-20AWell Site and Ongoing Response Efforts
(May 2015)
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have worked with the U.S. Coast Guard under a Unified Command to monitor and respond to discharges from Taylor Energy’s Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC-20) site since the oil production platform and 25 of 28 connected wells were impacted and damaged during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The multi-agency effort has worked continuously to prevent and control the oil discharge, improve the effectiveness of containment around the source of the oil discharge, and mitigate environmental impacts.
U. S. Coast Guard Fact Sheet
(May 2015)
The U.S. Coast Guard, as the Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC) under a Unified Command (UC) which includes the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Responsible Party, Taylor Energy, has monitored and responded to discharges from Taylor Energy’s Mississippi Canyon 20A (MC-20A) well site resulting from damage to the oil production platform and 25 connected wells during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The multi-agency effort has worked continuously to prevent and control the discharge, improve the effectiveness of containment around the leaking oil, and mitigate environmental impacts.
Reform and Reorganization
Reforms since the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy
(April 2015)
In response to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the Department of the Interior launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. This included restructuring to provide independent regulatory agencies that have clear missions and are better resourced to carry out their work, while keeping pace with a rapidly evolving industry. These efforts help ensure that the United States can safely and responsibly expand development of its domestic energy resources.
BOEM and BSEE Separation
(January 2011)
The reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service was designed to remove the complex and sometimes conflicting missions of the agency by providing the two new bureaus with clear and focused missions and responsibilities. This fact sheet outlines the efforts that went into the reorganization, new reforms and the formation of BOEM and BSEE.
BSEE Fact Sheet
(October 2011)
BSEE has created a fact sheet that covers the organizational structure, missions and responsibilities of the year-old bureau.
Reforms Fact Sheet
(October 2011)
In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of the Interior instituted the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. This fact sheet outlines the efforts to increase the safety of offshore energy exploration and development.
BOEM and BSEE Responsibilities Guide
(October 2011)
The Department of Interior created two new, independent agencies to carry out the offshore energy management and enforcement functions of the Department. This fact sheet outlines the detailed responsibilities of each bureau.
Regulations
Proposed Well Control Rule Fact Sheet
(April 2015)
The proposed drilling safety rule, addresses key recommendations made after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, closes gaps in existing requirements, and updates BSEE regulations to reflect industry best practices.
Proposed Rule to Strengthen Offshore Safety and Best Practices
(August 2013)
The proposed rule implements best practices and updates regulations regarding production safety systems and equipment used to collect and treat oil and gas from offshore production facilities.
SEMS II Fact Sheet
(April 2013)
The SEMS II Final Rule enhances the original SEMS rule, also known as the Workplace Safety Rule, that was issued in October 2010, providing greater protection by supplementing operators’ SEMS programs with employee training, empowering field level personnel with safety management decisions and strengthening auditing procedures by requiring them to be completed by independent third parties.
Drilling Safety Rule Fact Sheet
(August 2012)
 The Drilling Safety Rule imposes requirements that will enhance the safety of oil and gas drilling operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). It addresses both well bore integrity and well control equipment and procedures.  The Drilling Safety Rule will be effective immediately upon publication.
Workplace Safety Rule Fact Sheet
(October 2010)
 The Workplace Safety Rule covers all offshore oil and gas operations in federal waters and makes mandatory the previously voluntary practices in the American Petroleum Institute's (API) Recommended Practice 75 (RP 75).
Ohmsett
Ohmsett Fact Sheet
(September 2011)
Ohmsett is BSEE's oil spill response and renewable energy testing and research center. It hosts one of the largest above ground concrete test tanks of its kind, measuring 203 meters long by 20 meters wide by 3.4 meters deep. This fact sheet reviews Ohmsett's mission and testing capabilities.
Ohmsett Arctic Oil Spill Research Fact Sheet
(November 2011)
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has successfully developed and conducted research projects directly related to improving equipment and processes for the prompt identification and removal of oil from harsh Arctic environments. This fact sheet highlights the BSEE Oil Spill Response Research program arctic oil spill response efforts.
Technological Research
Technology Assessment Programs
(January 2015)
BSEE's Technology Assessment Programs (TAP) program supports research regarding operational safety and pollution prevention related to offshore oil and natural gas and renewable energy exploration and development, and is an important part of BSEE's safety program.

Ocean Energy Safety Institute

(November 2013)

The Ocean Energy Institute (OESI) has been established to facilitate research and development, training of Federal workers on identification and verification of Best Available and Safest Technology (BAST), and implementation of operational improvements in the areas of offshore drilling safety and environmental protection, blowout containment and oil spill response.

BSEE Speeches & Presentations

On October 1, 2011, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), formerly the Minerals Management Service, was replaced by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as part of a major reorganization.

See Spreadsheet

2015
BSEE & USCG 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Wrap-Up 05-18-2015
BSEE Director Brian Salerno participates in OTC 2015 Macondo Panel Discussion 05-06-2015
BSEE Director Brian Salerno Delivers Remarks at 2015 OTC International Energy Agency Breakfast​ 05-06-2015
BSEE Director Brian Salerno addresses the Aramco Forum, The Woodlands, Texas 04-07-2015  
2014
BSEE Director Brian Salerno address at the International Offshore Safety Conference, Newfoundland, Canada 11-13-2014
BSEE Director Address OESI Forum on Barricades to Data Sharing 08-12-2014
BSEE Director Delivers Keynote Speech at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference 05-08-2014
BSEE Director Delivers Remarks at the Second Annual Center for Offshore Safety Forum 04-10-2014
BSEE Director Delivers Remarks at the 2014 National Ocean Industries Association Annual Meeting 04-09-2014
2013
BSEE Director Delivers Remarks at 2013 International Regulators' Offshore Safety Conference 10-23-2013
BSEE Director Addresses 2013 Offshore Safe Lifting Conference 07-16-2013
BSEE Director James Watson and USCG Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio deliver keynote presentation at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference 05-09-2013
Center for Offshore Safety: First Annual Forum 04-29-2013
BSEE Director Watson Delivers Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association Speech 02-21-2013
2012
BSEE Director Watson Delivers Clean Gulf 2012 Speech 11-14-2012
BSEE Director Watson Delivers Sport Fishing & Boating Partnership Council Speech 11-07-2012
BSEE Director Watson Delivers Houston Shipping Conference Speech 10-05-2012
BSEE Director Watson Delivers Offshore Technology Conference Speech 05-01-2012
2011
BSEE Director Delivers Keynote Address at International Association of Drilling Contractors Conference 11-10-2011
BSEE Director Delivers Remarks at the International Regulators Forum 2011 Global Offshore Safety Summit Conference 10-03-2011
BOEMRE Director Delivers Final Speech Before Agency Reorganization 09-13-2011
BOEMRE Director Delivers Opening Remarks for Renewable Energy Workshop 07-14-2011
BOEMRE Director Delivers Remarks at World National Oil Companies Congress 06-22-2011
BOEMRE Deputy Director Discusses the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the U.S. at Capitol Hill Oceans Week 06-09-2011
BOEMRE Director Discusses the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the U.S. at Offshore Technology Conference 05-02-2011
BOEMRE Director Discusses Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the U.S. at Gulf Oil Spill Series 04-19-2011
Remarks of Michael R. Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement at API Delta Chapter's 2010 Meritorious Service Awards Luncheon in New Orleans 03-22-2011
BOEMRE Director Highlights Role of Environmental Reviews, Announces Science Recruitment Tour at Information Transfer Meeting 03-22-2011
Remarks of Michael R. Bromwich, Director of The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement at Harvard University's Center for the Environment 03-09-2011
Remarks of Michael R. Bromwich, Director of The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement at The Energy Industry Directors Conference 03-02-2011
BOEMRE Director Discusses Strengthened Oversight of Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Development at the Baker Institute's Energy Forum 02-11-2011
BOEMRE Director Discusses Future of Offshore Renewable Energy at Offshore Wind Power Conference 02-01-2011
BOEMRE Director Discusses Responsible Stewardship of U.S. Offshore Energy Development at the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment 01-19-2011
BOEMRE Director Discusses Strengthened Oversight of Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Development at Gulf Oil Spill Series 01-13-2011
2010
BOEMRE Director Makes Case for Regulatory Reform at Oil and Gas Law Conference 12-08-2010
BOEMRE Director Testifies Before the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 11-09-2010
BOEMRE Director Promises Bureau Will Remain Aggressive in Enforcing Safety and Environmental Regulations at Meeting of Offshore Industry Representatives 10-29-2010
BOEMRE Director Bromwich Highlights Aggressive New Reforms, Stresses Importance of Engagement with International Offshore Regulatory Community 10-18-2010

2015 Speeches

2015 OTC USCG-BSEE Wrapup

BSEE Director Brian Salerno and Assistant Commandant for U.S. Coast Guard Prevention Policy, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas shared the stage on a speaking panel to provide their regulatory stance and joint agency initiatives for offshore safety.

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Progress since Deepwater Horizon

BSEE Director Brian Salerno:

The Coast Guard and BSEE both operate in the same space; we each have responsibilities for safety and environmental protection on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and we are interacting with the same industry. It makes sense that we strive for consistency at the federal level as we address a number of common issues. This is what makes the relationship between BSEE and the Coast Guard such a vital one. Neither organization wants to put industry in the position of having to de-conflict inconsistent requirements coming from two regulators. We want to assure consistency and compatibility of federal requirements up front, in all areas where our regulatory jurisdictions overlap.

Director Salerno highlighted a number of major changes within BSEE over the past 5 years:

  • Well control
  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems, or SEMS
  • Changes internally within BSEE
  • Strengthening the way we handle permits and evaluate new technology
  • Leveraging industry standards as regulators
  • Emergency response and capabilities
  • Spill containment
  • New focus on safety culture

Of all of these, I would say the most significant change, and one that we should all feel proud of, is the concentrated focus on safety culture that has developed over the past five years. It has been an important and strategic shift which has challenged us within the government to think differently about how we regulate. It has had an equally profound effect within the industry.

The next quantum leap towards a higher level of safety will be in the area of human factors, and specifically in the role of people as part of a complex, highly technical work process. This involves company commitment to safety at the senior leadership level, translated all the way down to the deck-plates where work is performed on scene.

I think of safety culture as what people do when no one is looking over their shoulder. As I go around and visit, I see evidence of this taking root in individual companies, however, it is still not universal. We have yet to normalize a culture of safety throughout the entire industry; we still have quite a ways to go. Delivered by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

A great deal has been accomplished since Deepwater Horizon. After the investigation, our Commandant issued a Final Action Memo with over 50 items identified to close gaps, particularly in our prevention mission.

Since that time, we’ve closed about half of those gaps and we’re making progress on the remaining half. Those gaps really cross our entire spectrum of things we do in the Coast Guard. The way we do prevention is to work with industry to develop standards that make sense, put people and processes in place to ensure compliance with those standards, and conduct investigations into accidents and violations that allow us to improve on the standards and the compliance processes. The gaps that were identified in Deepwater Horizon span all those prevention pieces.

Admiral Thomas identified areas of progress for the Coast Guard over the past five years:

  • Working with BSEE to improve casualty reporting
  • A number of proposed regulations
  • Published training for mariners on the Outer Continental Shelf
  • Working on a dynamic positioning regulation (currently open for comment on the docket)
  • Final rules on explosion protection
  • Looking at cross-competencies and developing training and standards of qualification
  • Build an industry-led school on mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) inspections
  • Updated Coast Guard Marine Safety Manuals
  • Reorganized so that mobile offshore drilling units, or MODUs, in the Gulf of Mexico fall under one Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections
  • Strengthened the relationship between BSEE and the Coast Guard in operations, investigations and training

What we are driving to is ‘one Gulf, one standard.’ We want to make sure that both U.S. flag and foreign flag operators are all coming under the same standard.

Director Salerno:

I think the (USCG) shift to a single Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections for MODUs is going to be very beneficial to the industry in terms of consistency. From a BSEE perspective, I think it will only increase the quality of the interaction between the Coast Guard and BSEE. It provides a single point of contact for our BSEE regional director on topics of mutual concern.

As you know, BSEE underwent a significant reorganization as well; going from the Minerals Management Service to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and subsequently BOEMRE was further divided up into BOEM and BSEE. That is a lot of churn over a five year period. However, I think it has provided a lot of clarity in how we jointly (with the USCG) approach areas of overlapping concern on the OCS. The coordination has become much closer than ever before.

I think one of the real gold standards of interagency coordination occurs during hurricane response, when we track offshore facility status, including evacuations. This information was historically collected by MMS and shared with the Coast Guard so that rescue resources would be prepared and ready if they were needed.. This tradition has carried on with BSEE and I think it’s a tremendous example of interagency coordination. It now carries over to other areas of mutual interest such as our inspection and joint investigation responsibilities.

Subsea containment issues

Director Salerno:

We needed to establish requirements, and ensure that capability was established, for subsea containment and recovery. Industry responded to the requirement and created this capability, which now acts very much like an oil spill response organization. I think this is a very tangible example of how quickly things have changed and how we’ve become much better prepared.

BSEE is responsible for verifying the preparedness of the operator including making a determination as to whether sufficient capability exists to respond to a worst-case discharge. In an actual emergency, BSEE would support the Coast Guard in their role the Federal On-scene Coordinator.

One of the lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon is that the work that we were doing in oil spill preparedness was not always well coordinated with the Coast Guard. That gap existed not only in the Gulf of Mexico, but everywhere. Over the past five years, we have worked very diligently to close that gap.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

What we recently certified is not what we were talking about doing five years ago with subsea containment issues. Things evolved so quickly; so the system that you’re looking at today is much more complex and the design continues to evolve. I think what’s important is that we remain progressive in our role as regulators.

Future challenges and opportunities

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

Let me give you some data points to set in context what I see as the gaps… 100 percent is the increase in reportable marine casualties from offshore supply vessels over the last 4 years. That is not a good trend.

We looked at our inspection data and determined how many of the items, on offshore supply vessels that we look at during an inspection, would have triggered what we call a port state control detention had they been on a foreign flagged vessel. What we found was that the U.S.-flagged vessels would have a detention rate that would put them on a black list in any nation in the world, including here in the U.S., and that’s also not a good trend.

Many of these are vessels that have safety management systems. We’ve been seeing an alarming increase of failures in safety management systems on vessels, supervised by third parties, and long term problems with major lifesaving and firefighting systems. This is not necessarily just on Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) but on other ships as well.

That’s not a good trend either; add to that the recent rash of problems with dynamic positioning systems that are the result of those systems not being adequately addressed in Safety Management Systems (SMS). These are complex systems. You need to understand the limits, have the processes in place to ensure you know if you reach those limits and identify what the dynamic positioning operator should be doing in those circumstances.

These data points, lead me to say we are not yet where we need to be in terms of implementation of safety management systems. There are operators that are required to have safety management systems but service providers that do not share this requirement. That needs to be the focus of leadership.

Director Salerno:

There are those with SEMS that are very well thought out, leading edge, and I feel that I can learn a lot more from them than they can from me. It is very impressive when you can see it manifest itself in very practical terms among the workers on deck. They are taking the time before conducting an operation to consider:

  • What they’re going to do
  • What could go wrong
  • What would they do if it goes wrong
  • Consider what they need to manage if something goes wrong

While there is progress, and there are clear leaders within the industry, there are also many others where we don’t see evidence of their plans or SEMS systems penetrating below the corporate level or the senior management level. You can still find people not following even basic safety procedures. Naturally, when we conduct investigations after a fatality or injury, we’re looking not only at the technical and physical aspects of the incident, but also through the lens of SEMS. Not surprisingly, when bad things happen, a significant contributing factor is often the absence of a meaningful safety culture. And there are some recurring themes, most notable are disconnects between operators and contractors. People are not always communicating with each other well. This even extends to language barriers -- non-native workers are part of a work process. It would seem obvious that such circumstances should be addressed. Ultimately, it comes down to asking: ‘what do people need to know to operate safely?’ and, ‘do they have the means to act?’

I think as we go forward in our interactions with the Center for Offshore Safety we’re very much interested in determining how we normalize the operator – contractor interaction. . The practical challenge is that there are so many contractors relative to the number of operators, and every contractor works for more than one operator…how can we get this to work as contractors shift from operator to operator?

Complexity of operations and cyber

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

I don’t want to say that we need regulation but one of the concerns I have with safety management systems, or SMS, is that we always point to them as ways to mitigate and justify operator risk. Offshore supply vessels are complicated and complex. I’ve seen some examples where their SMS plans are very well designed and very well implemented but I’ve also seen those that are very well designed and NOT very well implemented.

It’s not just the complexity of operations; the systems are complex as well. There are amazing technologies that are presenting new vulnerabilities and we have to learn how to manage associated risks. Most people think of cyber in terms of cybersecurity but it’s as much a safety issue as it is a security issue. We need to start thinking about software operation and the maintenance of these automation systems the same way you do with a propulsion system - how you design the reduction gear to work with the shaft to work with the propeller. I don’t know that we’re doing that with automation systems.

We see systems that are integrated with other systems that may be on the same server, which may not be a good idea; this is just another risk. We know how to manage risk but I would say that a SMS doesn’t address what critical control system software can be patched or updated, who can do it, the status of the system while it’s being done and what’s the test you can do afterwards to see if there’s an issue.

It’s a SMS issue, it’s a cyber issue and it’s a risk issue that is not being adequately managed. I don’t know that we have that incorporated into SMS. I think that’s coming up on us quickly. Control systems have already inadvertently impacted operations.

We’ve seen systems impacted by an inadvertent thumb drive insert into the wrong place, a patch to a human resource software system that impacted the critical control system in an unexpected way. This is a real challenge and we need to manage this risk.

I think a good question we should be asking ourselves is, ‘what’s the best path to regulation?’

The best path is always adoption of a standard. The worst path is to wait for something bad to happen and responsively pass a law, which would potentially be the most expensive approach. I’ve been encouraging industry to start tackling this issue because I believe if you wait until we have a real cyber incident, it’s going to be fast, painful and expensive.

Director Salerno:

We are investigating a case right now that’s a perfect example of this. There was a rig that suffered a casualty involving a top drive unit which fell to the drill floor. . Just by sheer luck no one was injured, but it could have easily been otherwise. This case appears to have been caused by software problems as well as system compatibility issues. There is nothing to suggest malicious intent. So it underscores how increasingly we need to consider how these systems are managed and maintained as part of our overall safety approach. In fact, we plan to discuss this in greater detail at our upcoming SEMS workshop, which is being organized through the Ocean Energy Safety Institute.

It is certainly appropriate to factor cyber safety into your overall SEMS planning. It’s a way of thinking about how to protect yourself and avoid inadvertent damage. I’ve talked to a number of companies and, increasingly, they are paying greater attention to this.

Risk-based inspections

During the panel, Salerno and Thomas took questions from the audience and questions that were tweeted using the #BSEEUSCG. This post compiles some of the questions received during the panel.

Question: Given the disconnect between operators, and their SEMS plans, and contractors, how will SEMS 3 tackle that? What will SEMS 3 do?

Director Salerno:

SEMS III is still a concept; there’s nothing written down yet but I think we need it or something like it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a regulation, as long as we have a framework for building on what we’ve done already and then take it to the next level. One area we particularly want to address is the harmonization of safety plans between operators and contractors.

Along these same lines, there is also a lot of value in sharing information. There’s a lot of information collected by individual companies that is not required to be reported to BSEE or to the Coast Guard. If it were shared, it would be enormously beneficial to our collective understanding of system risk. That’s the rationale behind this new near-miss reporting system that we just announced – Safe OCS. . Companies are collecting a lot of information but it is not shared due to concerns over liability and legal exposure. I understand that.

However, if we were able to address these concerns, and actually identify and analyze trends occurring industry wide, we’d be able to get a better handle on systems reliability and leading indicators. That is the intent behind Safe OCS. It is a confidential system which protects the submitter from his or her identity becoming public information.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

The Coast Guard is going to get back to doing more risk-based inspections. One of the key factors that we’ll look at, in terms of who’s high risk and who’s not is how well those safety management systems are implemented.

One of the keys, because there are so many players in this industry, is to increase transparency. I’m going to work on increasing transparency so that industry can see what regulators are finding when we’re going on vessels. I think there’s an opportunity for industry to do the same because you are on board more than we are. I would like to see transparency and a strong safety culture throughout this industry.

Question: You were looking at doing something similar to safety management systems for the offshore supply vessels on the Outer Continental Shelf. I understand the Coast Guard is looking at having to give a justification for doing that and it’s been put on hold. Can you give us an update as to when we might see more on that? I’m glad to hear that you’re putting language around the qualification of the assessors that are going to assess the dynamic positioning operators but when it comes to the capability and competence of the folks on the vessels that you’re stepping on, are we going to see something coming for them that is ‘SMS like’?

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

Many offshore supply vessels are already certified under International Safety Management, or ISM, code so they have third parties. We published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking asking for comments on this. Our Authorization Act last year basically put a provision in there that said before you proceed with any further rulemaking on SMS for OSVs you need to provide us with a report. We’re working through this right now but I’m hopeful we’ll get there. We want to get comments on this through the rule making process and get to a good solution.

Question: Should there be a rating system to differentiate between those companies that have a safety culture and those that have room for improvement?

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas:

I think we need to think about how we incentivize that. If we see a record of high performance, I don’t need to waste my resources on that. We have lots of places that we need to allocate our resources so it makes sense to save time on those who have proven track records. We’re constantly looking for ways to effectively use our resources.

The Coast Guard and BSEE work closely together and we recognize the impact that we can have on industry and the value this brings to our nation. Our goal is that we do it in a way that doesn’t ‘speed bump’ the economy. I’m asking for your help because I believe that the people who understand the systems the best know the best way to set standards and what those standards should be, so participation in our rulemaking process. We need your input.

Director Salerno:

A lot of good things have happened but I feel obligated to mention that none of us should declare victory yet. We released a report earlier this week that contained trend information. In many ways the trends are encouraging. In other ways, they point to needed improvements.

The number of fatalities and oil spills is trending down, which is a good thing. However, we still have cases where we’ve lost well control. We average about six of these a year, most of them not severe, but they have the potential to be far worse. We had about 303 injury cases a year, which is down over the long term, but trending back up over the past year, so we shouldn’t get over confident. As we have all seen, it is bad for the entire industry when major incidents occur. Moreover, there are no acceptable losses where human lives are involved. The only acceptable number there is zero.

We still have work to do. We are absolutely safer than we were five years ago because all of the work that has gone into improving standards, enhancing capabilities and the progress with SEMS. We need to build on that and keep the momentum going.. You represent an extremely dynamic and innovative industry. You’re never sitting still; you are always developing new solutions for technological challenges. Along with the emerging technology, thought needs to be given to the safety margins, including the human element. I know many of you already do that. Realistically, it requires appropriate standards and potentially regulations as well to set the expected level of safety. We look forward to continuing to work with you, getting your advice and ideas as we move forward.

Regulations and Guidance

 

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES

 

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the Obama Administration put in place significant new safeguards to protect the environment beyond what has ever existed before. These new safety measures include heightened drilling safety standards to reduce the chances that a loss of well control might occur in the first place, as well as a new focus on containment capabilities in the event of an oil spill. 

BSEE operations are governed by a wide variety of laws, regulations, and other communications with the offshore industry. The Bureau enforces compliance with these regulations and periodically updates rules to reflect advancements in technology and new information. This section provides access to BSEE rules, regulations, and guidance to the offshore industry.

Regulatory Reform - In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama Administration launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. My Note: See Below

Notices, Letters, and Information to Lessees – Communications with operators and contractors that further clarify regulations. My Note: See Below

Safety Alerts - Safety Alerts are tools used by BSEE to inform the offshore oil and gas industry of the circumstances surrounding an incident or a near miss. They also contain recommendations that should help prevent the recurrence of such an incident on the OCS. My Note: See Below

Regulations.gov – a U.S. government web site that enables the public to review and submit comments on Federal documents. My Note: External Site

BSEE Federal Regulations My Note: GPO Site

BSEE Governing Statutes  My Note: See Below

Regulatory Reform

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/BSEE-...forms/Reforms/

In response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama Administration launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history. The reforms, which strengthen requirements for everything from well design and workplace safety to corporate accountability, are helping ensure that the United States can safely and responsibly expand development of its energy resources.

The administration quickly launched the most aggressive campaign to enforce safety and conservation on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In selecting Michael R. Bromwich to lead the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in June 2010, President Barack Obama and Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar issued a mandate: to reform the government’s regulation of offshore energy development and the agency responsible for it. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and BOEMRE (now BSEE) made fundamental changes necessary to restore the American people’s confidence in the safety and environmental protection of oil and gas drilling and production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, ensuring that responsible oil and gas development continues.

Improving the Safety of Offshore Drilling

The bureau launched aggressive, comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight:

Enhanced Drilling Safety
  • Operators must demonstrate that they are prepared to deal with the potential for a blowout and worst-case discharge per NTL-06.
  • Permit applications for drilling projects must meet new standards for well-design, casing, and cementing, and be independently certified by a professional engineer per the new Drilling Safety Rule. Drilling standards have been strengthened in the exploration and development stages, for equipment, safety practices, environmental safeguards, and oversight.
  • New guidance, through NTL-10, requires a corporate compliance statement and review of subsea blowout containment resources for deepwater drilling, a key lesson of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • The bureau announced that they will begin to use multiple-person inspection teams for offshore oil and gas inspections. This internal process improvement will improve oversight and help ensure that offshore operations proceed safely and responsibly. The new process will allow teams to inspect multiple operations simultaneously and thoroughly, and enhance the quality of inspections on larger facilities.
Enhanced Workplace Safety
  • BSEE imposed, for the first time, requirements that offshore operators maintain comprehensive safety and environmental programs. This includes performance-based standards for offshore drilling and production operations, including equipment, safety practices, environmental safeguards, and management oversight of operations and contractors. Companies will now have to develop and maintain a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) per the new Workplace Safety Rule.
Ongoing Improvements to the Offshore Regulator

The reorganization and internal reforms that were implemented were designed to remove the complex and sometimes conflicting missions of the former MMS by clarifying and separating these missions across three agencies and providing each of the new agencies with clear areas of focus and new resources necessary to fulfill those missions:

  • In the place of the former Mineral Management Service (MMS), three strong, independent agencies were created with clearly defined roles and missions through a comprehensive re-organization.
  • In his first week, Director Bromwich established an Investigations and Review Unit to root out problems within the regulatory agency and target companies that aim to game the system.
  • The bureau has implemented a new recusal policy for employees to deal with real and perceived conflicts of interest.
  • Secretary Salazar and Director Bromwich launched a full review of the use of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), categorical exclusions, during which they are not being used to approve proposed deepwater drilling projects.
  • As part of the reorganization, the bureau created multiple Implementation Teams, tasked with analyzing various aspects of bureau’s regulatory structure and helping to implement the reform agenda.
  • Secretary Salazar and Director Bromwich established the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee, a permanent advisory body of the nation’s leading scientific, engineering, and technical experts who provide critical guidance on improving offshore drilling safety, well containment, and spill response.
  • BSEE believes that public engagement is critical as we safely explore and develop offshore resources. Public comment is solicited in our environmental review and regulatory programs for both oil and gas, and renewable energy proposals. This is critical to science-based decision making that is transparent and accessible.

Notices, Letters, and Information to Lessees and Operators (NTL)s

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-...Lessees/index/

 

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES

Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) are formal documents that provide clarification, description, or interpretation of a regulation or OCS standard; provide guidelines on the implementation of a special lease stipulation or regional requirement; provide a better understanding of the scope and meaning of a regulation by explaining BSEE interpretation of a requirement; or transmit administrative information such as current telephone listings and a change in BSEE personnel or office address. Letters to Lessees and Operators (LTLs) and Information to Lessees and Operators (ITLs) are also formal documents that provide additional information and clarification, or interpretation of a regulation, OCS standard, or regional requirement, or provide a better understanding of the scope and meaning of a regulation by explaining BSEE interpretation of a requirement.

2015 Standards Workshop

Location: University of Houston Hilton - 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston TX 77004

Date: May 8, 2015 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The 2015 Workshop conducted all-day sessions on 4 topics critical to the domestic and international regulatory community and oil and gas industry.

  • High Pressure High Temperature
  • Cementing
  • Quality Management and Equipment Reliability
  • Emergency Disconnects: Dynamic Positioning and the BOP response

Each session reviewed the current status of domestic and international regulations, concerns and needs for standards, progress of current standards development, and industry updates.

The finalized agendas, presentation, list of speakers and additional information about the workshop is now updated below as of May 12, 2015.

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Inspections and Enforcement

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OCS Exploration and Production

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GOMR Permitting Workshop August 2011

A Permitting Workshop with industry representatives was held in the Gulf of Mexico Regional Office on August 30, 2011. Below are the presentations from that workshop.

The full-day workshop included a discussion of common errors and omissions found in the submission of permit applications, and overviews and updates on sub-sea containment and the bureau's well screening tool. One highlight was an industry panel that discussed proven methods and strategies for the completion of fully compliant permit applications focusing on the well screening tool, a critical aspect of the sub-sea containment requirements which is most often a cause of returned permit applications. For more information, go to: BOEMRE Continues Focus on Improved Efficiency of Plan and Permit Review Process.

Workshop Presentations: My Note: All PDFs

BSEE Newsroom

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The BSEE Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the point of contact for all news media inquiries and information about BSEE activities. This newsroom will provide the most current official information about those activities.

Current News Briefs and Press Releases can be viewed here:

News Briefs My Note: See Below

Press Releases My Note: See Below

For more information, news media can contact us:

  • Washington, D.C. at (202) 208-3985

  • New Orleans, LA at (504) 736-2485
  • Public Information Office at 1-800-200-4853.

News Briefs

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About BSEE

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Mission Statement:  BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

Key functions of BSEE

The Offshore Regulatory Program develops standards and regulations to enhance operational safety and environmental protection for the exploration and development of offshore oil and natural gas on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Oil Spill Response division is responsible for developing standards and guidelines for offshore operators’ Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRP) through internal and external reviews of industry OSRPs to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and coordination of oil spill drill activities. It also plays a critical role in the review and creation of policy, guidance, direction and oversight of activities related to the agency’s oil spill response. The division oversees the Unannounced Oil Spill Drill program and works closely with sister agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency to continually enhance response technologies and capabilities.

The newly created Environmental Enforcement Division is a first in the federal offshore energy regulatory program. This Division will provide sustained regulatory oversight that is focused on compliance by operators with all applicable environmental regulations, as well as making sure that operators keep the promises they make at the time they obtain their leases, submit their plans and apply for their permits.

BSEE is supported by three regional offices: New Orleans, La., Camarillo, Calif. and Anchorage, Alaska. The regional offices are responsible for reviewing Applications for Permit to Drill to ensure all of the recently implemented enhanced safety requirements are met and for conducting inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms using multi-person, multi-discipline inspection teams. BSEE’s inspectors issue Incidents of Non-Compliance and have the authority to fine companies through Civil Penalties for regulatory infractions. Regional and field operations personnel also investigate accidents and incidents.

Careers

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Your Career in Offshore Enforcement

At the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) you'll have a unique opportunity to put your engineering know-how to use. Whether you are a recent graduate looking to gain valuable experience in the field or an experienced professional looking for a stable career, BSEE has positions available for all levels of experience. As part of BSEE you will enforce the safe and environmentally responsible operation of America's offshore oil and natural gas development.

 View some of our "Why I Work at BSEE" videos:

Career Advancement and Life Enhancement

Training

Advancement

Excellent Benefits

Having a fulfilling career you care about is very important, but we understand that employee benefits are important as well. As an employee of the Department of the Interior you will have ample leave time, flexible schedules, and retirement benefits and insurance that rival or exceed the private sector. Your career with BSEE will fully support the life you lead outside work. See what you can expect when you join BSEE.

Students & Recent Graduates

Our interns participate in a wide range of interesting career fields--from biology to engineering. Trade the classroom for real life experience as a paid intern or launch your new career path with BSEE. Read more Students and Recent Graduates.

Commitment to Diversity

The BSEE is an equal opportunity employer. BSEE is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce. We believe that our diverse perspectives and experiences make us stronger and better able to address our greatest challenges. BSEE welcomes differences of thought, background, education, marital status, experience, socioeconomic status, occupation, language and geographic location. BSEE is committed to a team of the best talents and skills of all Americans to our mission for current and future generations. For additional information, please contact the BSEE Equal Opportunity Office at 202-208-3560.

BSEE proudly welcomes applications from veterans. Under the recently established Veterans Employment Initiative we are working with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to better serve our men and women in uniform.

Federal employees, former Federal employees, and applicants for Federal employment enjoy protections under Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower, and the No Fear Act.

BSEE has a comprehensive plan to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.

Application Process

A simple registration process allows you to create, edit, and archive your resume and other supporting documents; and then when you find a job that you like, just follow the links within the vacancy announcement to complete the online application. Your USAJOBS account will have a convenient feature that allows you to view the jobs to which you have applied and will show you whether your resume and documentation is received.
 
All of our vacancies are listed on USAJOBS.gov and you can also find a current listing at our Jobs page. Embark on your new career path today.

Room For Advancement

Retirement trends are growing throughout the organization. That means more advanced positions are opening up all the time--making this a great time for current and potential BSEE employees who desire professional growth and career advancement. This organization is dedicated to advancing talent from within. With a wide range of training, mentorship and development opportunities, you can quickly build a multi-faceted career. As you spend more time with the BSEE and develop more professional responsibilities, you may decide to take on new roles and responsibilities. That's something we not only support, but we encourage. Every BSEE employee has the potential to become a leader.

Employment FAQs
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Where are positions located?
Wherever there are U.S. offshore resources you'll find BSEE personnel nearby. Our main offices are located in Louisiana, Texas, California, Alaska, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
 
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What are the basic requirements?
To be an employee of BSEE, you must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to pass a background investigation.
 
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What type of education or degree do I need?
Many of our careers require college degrees or advanced degrees. Please carefully read the USAJOBS position qualifications for information on specific education requirements.
 
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What benefits are available?
Benefits go beyond the basics. BSEE is committed to offering their employees a quality of life. Benefits include work-life balance; minimal travel; generous government benefits including health insurance, paid leave and student loan repayment; and savings and retirement plans. Read more about benefits in our Benefits Section.

National Offshore Training Program

The National Offshore Training Program provides comprehensive, multi-tiered, professional development opportunities for BSEE inspectors and engineers. Our focus is to enhance the capabilities of these BSEE professionals to enforce safety and environmental regulations. In 2014, BSEE Professionals attended 23,396 hours of training.

Our mission is to develop and promote a culture of safety across BSEE at all levels, at all times.

We--

  • Reduce vulnerabilities by designing and delivering programs that meet the unique and varied needs of BSEE inspectors and engineers
  • Provide structured training opportunities that integrate the latest technical expertise and practices of industry with prudent and rigorous safety and compliance mandates.
  • Offer a world-class training program that serves as a model of professional development and continuing education.
2014 BSEE Sample Course Descriptions(PDF)

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DID YOU KNOW?
We have a comprehensive training program that includes more than 30 courses for inspectors and more than 50 courses for engineers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I become an offshore safety inspector?
Inspectors are government employees and perform inspections of oil and gas facilities in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). As BSEE continues to grow, openings occur often; please check here.

How do I register for training?
Training is available for all BSEE employees through the Department of the Interior's Learning Management System, DOI Learn.

How can I learn more about BSEE?
BSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. Visit the top of our About BSEE section to learn more. The Office of Public Affairs is the primary point of contact for news media, organizations and the public seeking information about the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's programs, policies, procedures and services.

Safety Culture Policy

BSEE Safety Emphasis My Note: See below

 

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued the Final Policy Statement to announce its expectation that individuals and organizations performing or overseeing activities regulated by BSEE establish and maintain a positive safety culture commensurate with the significance of their activities and the nature and complexity of their organizations and functions.

BSEE defines safety culture as the core values and behaviors of all members of an organization that reflect a commitment to conducting business in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Further, it is important for all lessees, the owners or holders of operating rights, designated operators or agents of the lessee(s), pipeline right-of-way holders, State lessees granted a right-of-use and easement, and contractors to foster in personnel an appreciation for the importance of safety and environmental stewardship, emphasizing the need for their integration into performance objectives to achieve optimal protection and production.

BSEE Safety Emphasis

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BSEE Announces Final Safety Culture Policy Statement

05/09/2013

WASHINGTON- As part of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) commitment to promoting offshore safety at all levels, at all times, Director James Watson today released the Bureau’s final Safety Culture Policy Statement.

The non-regulatory statement defines nine characteristics that are indicative of a robust safety culture. The policy statement will inform BSEE’s regulatory approach to lead the offshore oil and gas industry beyond a checklist-inspection approach toward a systemic, comprehensive approach to compliance.

"The human factor is the critical element in offshore safety,” Director Watson said. “Prescriptive regulations can reduce risks to worker safety and the environment, but they alone are not enough. Everyone working in the offshore industry must adhere to a set of core values that places safety above all else.”

BSEE defines safety culture as the core values and behaviors of all members of an organization that reflect a commitment to conducting business in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The Safety Culture Policy Statement informs the offshore community of the Bureau's safety expectations but does not create any additional regulatory requirements. The nine characteristics of a robust safety culture are:

  1. Leadership Commitment to Safety Values and Actions. Leaders demonstrate a commitment to safety and environmental stewardship in their decisions and behaviors;
  2. Hazard Identification and Risk Management. Issues potentially impacting safety and environmental stewardship are promptly identified, fully evaluated, and promptly addressed or corrected commensurate with their significance;
  3. Personal Accountability. All individuals take personal responsibility for process and personal safety, as well as environmental stewardship;
  4. Work Processes. The process of planning and controlling work activities is implemented so that safety and environmental stewardship are maintained while ensuring the correct equipment for the correct work;
  5. Continuous Improvement. Opportunities to learn about ways to ensure safety and environmental stewardship are sought out and implemented;
  6. Environment for Raising Concerns. A work environment is maintained where personnel feel free to raise safety and environmental concerns without fear of retaliation, intimidation, harassment, or discrimination;
  7. Effective Safety and Environmental Communication. Communications maintain a focus on safety and environmental stewardship;
  8. Respectful Work Environment. Trust and respect permeate the organization with a focus on teamwork and collaboration; and
  9. Inquiring Attitude. Individuals avoid complacency and continuously consider and review existing conditions and activities in order to identify discrepancies that might result in error or inappropriate action.

After releasing the draft Safety Culture Policy Statement on December 20, 2012, BSEE collected comments from operators, industry associations, environmental organizations and individuals. Each one was closely examined and considered before completing the final Safety Culture Policy Statement, which is available for review today in the Federal Register Reading Room, and will be published Friday.

The final Safety Culture Policy Statement is the latest in an ongoing effort by BSEE to emphasize that the offshore industry must make safety their number one priority. Also furthering this effort was the finalization of the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) II final rule on April 5, 2013, which enhanced the original SEMS rule, also known as the Workplace Safety Rule. It provides greater protection by supplementing operators’ SEMS programs with greater employee participation, empowering field level personnel with safety management decisions and strengthening oversight by requiring audits to be conducted by accredited third-parties.

The final Safety Culture Policy Statement is available here.

More information about the SEMS II final rule is available here

BSEE Facilities Operations Status

Current Operating Status: Open Applies to: 6/19/2015 

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All BSEE offices are open and operating normally.

 

Facility Status
Human Resources Operations Branch (Albuquerque, NM) Open
Alaska Regional Office (Anchorage, AK) Open
BSEE HQ, Main Interior Building (Washington, D.C.) Open
BSEE HQ (Sterling, VA) Open
Gulf of Mexico Regional Office (New Orleans, LA) Open
New Orleans District Office (New Orleans, LA) Open
Lake Jackson District Office (Clute, TX) Open
Houma District Offices (Houma, LA) Open
Lafayette District Office (Lafayette, LA) Open
Lake Charles District Office, (Lake Charles, LA) Open
Pacific Regional Office (Camarillo, CA) Open
Houston Office - Including the Engineering Technology Center (Houston, TX) Open

 

Important Operating Status Links

BSEE International and Interagency Collaboration

International Collaboration

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is a recognized world leader in offshore oil and gas regulation, research and technical assistance. Through various multilateral and bilateral relationships, BSEE is helping to set the standard for safety and environmental protection across a global industry. Bureau experts are routinely sought after to provide technical assistance and training to other nations who are working to develop their offshore energy resources in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Interagency Collaboration

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BSEE’s responsibilities for the regulation of offshore energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) often overlap with the responsibilities and regulations of other federal agencies.  The Bureau works closely with our partners to ensure we approach this shared regulatory space in an efficient and consistent manner. The Bureau also leverages its limited resources through agreements with federal partners and other agencies through memoranda of understanding or agreement (MOU, MOA) and interagency agreements.

Technology and Research

Oil Spill Response Research My Note: See Below

Science and technology are constantly changing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and protecting both energy and natural resources requires constant research and evaluating technology at BSEE. Several programs enable BSEE to continually seek greater knowledge about the environment and energy programs:

Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR)

The major focus of the Oil Spill Response Research program is to improve the methods and technologies used for oil spill detection, containment, treatment, recovery and cleanup. The OSRR program is a cooperative effort bringing together funding and expertise from research partners in government agencies, industry and the international community.

For more information on the Bureau's Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR) Program, email us at:oilspillpreparednessdivision@bsee.gov

 

Click on the categories below to bring up more information on our efforts in the subject area
Arctic Oil Spill Response Behavior of Oil
Chemical Treating Agents Decision-Making Support Tools
In Situ Burning of Oil Mechanical Containment
Ohmsett Remote Sensing

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For more than 25 years, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has maintained a comprehensive, long-term research program to improve oil spill response knowledge and technologies. The OSRR program is a cooperative effort bringing together funding and expertise from research partners in state and federal government agencies, industry, academia, and the international community. Many of these projects are Joint Industry Projects, where partnerships with other stakeholders maximize research dollars. The table below contains a master list of OSRR projects. Click on the project number to bring up additional information on the project.

Technology Assessment Program (TAP)

The TAP supports research associated with operational safety and pollution prevention. This program is primarily concerned with assessing offshore engineering technology for use in advancing clear agency regulatory objectives.

For more information on the Bureau’s Technology Assessment Program (TAP), please contact:Olivia.Adrian@bsee.gov.

Operational Safety and Engineering Research (OSER)
Other
Air Quality Renewable Energy and Alternate Use
Arctic Research Hurricane Andrew
Decommissioning Hurricane Ivan
Deepwater Hurricanes Katrina/Rita
Drilling Hurricane Lili
Geotechnical International Activities
Human Factors  
Hydrates  
Materials  
Moorings and Anchors  
Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC)  
Pipelines   
Production  
Production Measurement  
Seismic Research  
Structures  

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As industry continues to conduct exploratory drilling, operators in shallow-water areas of the Gulf of Mexico focus on finding new oil and natural gas accumulations which are being identified by technologically-advanced geophysical data collection and computer-assisted analyses systems.

Companies also continue to operate several thousand production platforms and subsea pipelines of various ages and operational efficiencies. As these platforms and pipelines continue to age, BSEE is becoming increasingly concerned with means to ensure the integrity of these older facilities; BSEE sponsors research to better to conduct technological advancements processes available to correct or reverse problematic aging events.

Also, as platforms and associated production facilities reach the end of their useful lives (which is happening in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Southern California) decommissioning and removal are required. National and International focus upon this process has identified numerous safety and long-term environmental concerns which must be addressed by BSEE regulatory personnel as these operations proceed. Multi-year research projects are being conducted under contract by BSEE to assess the most feasible means of decommissioning and removing facilities including the possible impacts on the marine environment as well as related onshore impacts arising from regulatory decisions.

Early commercial development of oil discoveries on Federal portions of the Beaufort Sea offshore Alaska also present special challenges to the BSEE Technology Assessment Programs (TAP), particularly the forces associated with sea ice and potential impacts of ice forces upon the production structures and pipelines necessary to produce these discoveries.

Unsolicited Research Proposals

BSEE will consider funding unique and innovative ideas or approaches in the form of Unsolicited Proposals for use in the accomplishment of our mission to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. In order for an Unsolicited Proposal to receive a technical review, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) states that certain requirements must be met (see FAR 15.603 General and 15.605 Content of Unsolicited Proposals).

Unsolicited Proposals can be submitted via E-Mail or regular mail to the following:

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
45600 Woodland Road VA-AMD
Sterling, VA 20166
Attn: Joanne Murphy
E-Mail: joanne.murphy@bsee.gov 

Research and Training

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Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)

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The SEMS is a nontraditional, performance-focused tool for integrating and managing offshore operations. The purpose of SEMS is to enhance the safety of operations by reducing the frequency and severity of accidents.

There are four principal SEMS objectives:

  1. focus attention on the influences that human error and poor organization have on accidents;
  2. continuous improvement in the offshore industry's safety and environmental records;
  3. encourage the use of performance-based operating practices; and
  4. collaborate with industry in efforts that promote the public interests of offshore worker safety and environmental protection.

For more information, please visit:

Offshore Stats and Facts

My Note: There is Lots of Data Here! This Section is an Entire Project In Itself

Part of BSEE's responsibility in managing offshore public lands is providing the public with technical information about offshore activities. We collect data on all facets of the offshore program and publish them online in various forms.

Our regional offices also provide information specific to the operations: My Note: See Below for All of These URLs
Alaska Region
Pacific Region
Gulf of Mexico Region

Headquarters Alaska Pacific Gulf of Mexico

OCS Leases

OCS Operators

OCS Production

OCS-Related Incidents

OCS Platform Activity  (table) My Note: PDF

OCS Platform Activity (graph)  My Note: PDF

Historical Drilling & Operations Information 

Facts & Figures

Lease Information

Platform Information

Operations Map (pdf) My Note: PDF

Pacific Production (ASCII)

Catalog of Public Information Requests, Data Files, Reports and Maps My Note: PDF

Data Center

Headquarters

OCS Leases

My Note: There are 5 Subtopics Here

BOEM is responsible for all Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)leasing policy and program development issues for oil, gas and other marine minerals.

The bureau has four major work products:

Many different disciplines contribute to and support the overall leasing program--from the initial assessment of resources to environmental considerations to the final determination of what is actually offered for lease.

OCS Operators

Over 100 operators work to produce oil and natural gas on the OCS. This page contains links to information about the number of operators producing oil and gas on a yearly basis and how they are specifically ranked by oil and gas production volume. Information for the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Region are available in ASCII format on the pages listed below. Information for the Alaska Region is available in PDF format on the page listed below:

For historical data, please navigate to this page.

OCS Production

My Note: Three Tables and Three Figures I Had Trouble Copying

OCS-Related Incidents

My Note: There are 5 Subtopics Here

Incidents on the OCS involve everyday operations and duties. An unsafe act or condition may cause a worker to lose his or her life or be seriously injured. Unsafe acts or conditions may also result in spills or other incidents that have the potential to affect the environment. The Bureau uses the results of incident investigations and data analysis to identify incident causes and trends. Appropriate actions are then identified to prevent the recurrence of these incidents and to enhance safety and environmental protection on the OCS. These actions may include publishing Safety Alerts, initiating technical research, developing new/revised regulations or standards, changing inspection strategies, holding safety workshops, etc. Incident data is also used to calculate performance indicators.

On April 17, 2006, the Bureau published a Final Rule (FR 19640) that revised the agency’s incident reporting requirements. The new Incident Reporting Rule more clearly defines which incidents must be reported, broadens the scope to include incidents that have the potential to be serious, and requires the reporting of standard information for both oral and written reports. This will result in more consistent incident reporting and the collection of more reliable incident information. Prevention of future undesirable incidents on the OCS is a paramount goal of both industry and the Bureau. Timely and accurate information will help us attain that goal.

This webpage is designed to answer questions that the industry or others may have about the new incident reporting requirements. We hope the information below is useful. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:

District and Regional Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Incidents

OCS Platform Activity  (table)

Source: BSEE TIMS GOM and Pacific Databases

My Note: PDF Table

Alaska

Historical Drilling & Operations Information

The Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Our mission is to manage the mineral resources of the Outer Continental Shelf in an environmentally sound and safe manner.

Alaska Region Links

Alaska Region News
Alaska Region 2012 Annual Studies Plan
Draft Exploration Plan for Chukchi Sea Regional Exploration Program: Devils Paw Prospect
OCS EIS/EA BOEMRE 2011-041 - Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Chukchi Sea Planning Area, Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193
OCS EIS/EA BOEMRE 2011-039 - Environmental Assessment, Shell Offshore, Inc., Camden Bay, Beaufort Sea, and Finding of No Significant Impact

 

Previously this page.

Pacific

Facts & Figures

My Note: FAQs and Tables

Lease Information

My Note: Same As Above

Platform Information

In the Pacific OCS Region, twenty-three oil and gas production facilities have been installed in Federal waters. All of these facilities are located off the coast of California. Twenty-two of these facilities produce oil and gas, while the other is a processing facility. Six companies are operating offshore oil and gas facilities in the Pacific Region. Information about these facilities has been organized by operator and by platform.

 

Beta Operating Company, LLC

Platform Ellen
Platform Eureka

Platform Elly

Venoco, Inc.

Platform Gail

Platform Grace

ExxonMobil Corporation

Platform Harmony
Platform Hondo

Platform Heritage

Pacific Operators Offshore LLC 

Platform Hogan

Platform Houchin

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC 

Platform Irene

Platform Harvest

Platform Hermosa

Platform Hidalgo

 DCOR, LLC

Platform Edith

Platform Gina

Platform Gilda

Platform Habitat

Platform Henry

Platform Hillhouse

Platform A
Platform C

Platform B

 

Operations Map (pdf)

My Note: PDF Graph

POCSR_Map_August_2014.png

Pacific Production (ASCII)

Files listed in the table below are for the Pacific OCS Region only. Production Information and Data includes information on Oil and Gas production by Lease, Lease Well, or Lease Operator. This data, available from the Public Information Office, is also available by net production by current Lessee and by Planning Areas. Additional files are available on historical production for the Gulf of Mexico from the Public Information Office.

Please read our disclaimer prior to downloading files. Download a copy of the file you want by clicking on Fixed or Delimited under the Download column of the table below. The Fixed Format provides a defined length for each field within the file and the Delimited Format provides the data fields delimited with quotes (") and separated by commas (,). Once you have downloaded the data and have decompressed the file using PKZIP or WinZip, the data can then be imported into a variety of database or spreadsheet packages to facilitate queries or reports.

For a complete record layout and associated data definitions click on the File Name of interest.

See Spreadsheet (IN PROCESS)

 

File Name Last Updated Download Description
Rank Operator by Oil 06-15-2015 04:53:22 PM  Fixed Production by Company Ranked by Total Oil for April 2014 through April 2015
06-15-2015 04:53:22 PM  Delimit
Rank Operator by Gas 06-15-2015 04:53:28 PM  Fixed Production by Company Ranked by Total Gas for April 2014 through April 2015
06-15-2015 04:53:27 PM  Delimit
Suspended Production No data this update Well Production Information submitted by oil and gas companies to the ONRR in Denver, Colorado (1-800-525-7922 x3675) which has not been verified by BSEE. Please read our Disclaimer.
Production for 2015 06-15-2015 04:52:09 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for April 2015
NOTE:  Not 100% Complete
06-15-2015 04:52:09 PM  Delimit
Production for 2014 06-15-2015 04:52:02 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2014
06-15-2015 04:52:01 PM  Delimit
Production for 2013 06-15-2015 04:53:39 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2013
06-15-2015 04:53:38 PM  Delimit
Production for 2012 06-15-2015 04:52:21 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2012
06-15-2015 04:52:20 PM  Delimit
Production for 2011 06-15-2015 04:52:32 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2011
06-15-2015 04:52:31 PM  Delimit
Production for 2010 06-15-2015 04:52:43 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2010
06-15-2015 04:52:42 PM  Delimit
Production for 2009 06-15-2015 04:52:54 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2009
06-15-2015 04:52:53 PM  Delimit
Production for 2008 06-15-2015 04:53:05 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2008
06-15-2015 04:53:04 PM  Delimit
Production for 2007 06-15-2015 04:53:16 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2007
06-15-2015 04:53:15 PM  Delimit
Production for 2006 03-10-2008 03:57:09 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2006
03-10-2008 03:57:07 PM  Delimit
Production for 2005 03-10-2008 03:55:50 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2005
03-10-2008 03:55:46 PM  Delimit
Production for 2004 03-10-2008 03:54:31 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2004
03-10-2008 03:54:27 PM  Delimit
Production for 2003 03-10-2008 03:53:09 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2003
03-10-2008 03:53:04 PM  Delimit
Production for 2002 03-10-2008 03:51:51 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2002
03-10-2008 03:51:48 PM  Delimit
Production for 2001 03-10-2008 03:35:02 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2001
03-10-2008 03:35:05 PM  Delimit
Production for 2000 03-10-2008 03:50:33 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 2000
03-10-2008 03:50:31 PM  Delimit
Production for 1999 03-10-2008 03:49:05 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1999
03-10-2008 03:49:03 PM  Delimit
Production for 1998 03-10-2008 03:47:46 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1998
03-10-2008 03:47:43 PM  Delimit
Production for 1997 03-10-2008 03:46:18 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1997
03-10-2008 03:46:16 PM  Delimit
Production for 1996 03-10-2008 03:44:55 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1996
03-10-2008 03:44:52 PM  Delimit
Production for 1995 03-10-2008 03:42:32 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1995
03-10-2008 03:42:30 PM  Delimit
Production for 1994 03-10-2008 03:40:50 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1994
03-10-2008 03:40:48 PM  Delimit
Production for 1993 03-10-2008 03:39:25 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1993
03-10-2008 03:39:15 PM  Delimit
Production for 1992 03-10-2008 03:37:40 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1992
03-10-2008 03:37:38 PM  Delimit
Production for 1991 03-10-2008 03:36:22 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1991
03-10-2008 03:36:20 PM  Delimit
Production for 1990 03-10-2008 03:33:46 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1990
03-10-2008 03:33:44 PM  Delimit
Production for 1989 03-10-2008 03:32:36 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1989
03-10-2008 03:32:34 PM  Delimit
Production for 1988 03-10-2008 03:29:10 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1988
03-10-2008 03:29:07 PM  Delimit
Production for 1987 03-10-2008 03:31:25 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1987
03-10-2008 03:31:23 PM  Delimit
Production for 1986 03-10-2008 03:30:16 PM  Fixed Well Production Information Available for 1986
03-10-2008 03:30:14 PM  Delimit
 

Gulf of Mexico

Data Center

My Note: Here It Is At the Very Bottom of the Site Map!

Welcome to the Data Center. Here, users can access public information and data pertaining to the appropriate subject matter. Data are available via online queries, as well as downloadable PDF reports, ASCII files, and scanned documents available in PDF format. Some files are available for purchase on CD/DVD media. Information may be cross referenced among different subjects.

Vertical Map

My Note: There are topics to be Mined in the Drop Down Menus that are not in the Site Map and Sidebars.

Newsroom

Press Releases

Press Releases

News Briefs

News Briefs

Speeches

2015 Speeches and http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Speeches/index/

My Note: Same As Above and Mostly PDFs

Technical Presentations

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Sp...Presentations/

My Note: Mostly PDFs

See Spreadsheet

Congressional Testimony

http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Co...stimony/index/

See Spreadsheet

My Note: Mostly PDFs

Statement of Brian Salerno, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Salerno Before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources U.S. House of Representatives 06/16/2015
Statement of Brian Salerno, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Salerno Before the Committee on Natural Resources House of Representatives 04/22/2015
Statement of Brian Salerno, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Salerno Before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies House of Representatives 04/04/2014
Statement of James Watson,Director of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement United States Department of the Interior Before the Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources House of Representatives 03/08/2012
Statement of JamesWatson, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementUnited States Department of the Interior Before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies House of Representatives 03/07/2012
Statement of James Watson, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement United States Department of the Interior Before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies House of Representatives 02/28/2012
Statement of Lars Herbst, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Miami Field Hearing on Offshore Drilling in the Bahamas and Cuba: The U.S. Coast Guard's Oil Spill Readiness & Response Planning 01/30/2012
Statement of Michael R. Bromwich, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Before the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Hearing on North American Offshore Energy: Mexico and Canada Boundary Treaties and New Drilling by Cuba and Bahamas 11/02/2011
Statement of Michael R. Bromwich, Director Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Hearing to Examine the Status of Response Capability and Readiness for Oil Spills in Foreign Outer Continental Shelf Waters Adjacent to US Waters 10/18/2011
On October 1, 2011, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), formerly the Minerals Management Service, was replaced by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as part of a major reorganization.
Statement of Michael R. Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Before the House Committee on Natural Resources Full Committee Oversight Hearing on the "BOEMRE/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team Report" 09/23/2011
Statement of Michael R. Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Before the House Committee on Natural Resources on "Discussion Draft Legislation to Reorganize the Interior Department's Offshore Energy Agencies" 09/15/2011
Michael Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Testimony Before the House Committee on Natural Resources to discuss "Offshore Energy: Interior Department's Plans for Offshore Energy, Revenue, and Safety Reorganization" 07/15/2011
Statement for the Record, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Testimony Before the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to discuss H.R. 2170, H.R. 2171, H.R. 2172 and H.R. 2173. 06/23/2011
Michael Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Testimony Before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss "Making The Gulf Coast Whole Again: Assessing The Recovery Efforts Of BP And The Obama Administration" 06/02/2011
Michael Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Testimony Before the House Committee on Natural Resources to discuss the "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters, Part I - Department of Interior Officials." 05/13/2011
Michael Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Testimony Before the House Committee on Natural Resources to discuss "Examining the Spending Priorities and the Missions of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and the President's FY 2012 Budget Proposal." 03/30/2011
Michael Bromwich, Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to discuss the President's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request. 03/17/2011

Enforcement Newsletter

http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/En...nt-Newsletter/

My Note: Could Convert Two PDFs

The Enforcement Newsletter is published quarterly by the BSEE Office of Public Affairs. The newsletter highlights the enforcement work performed by the bureau for each quarter of the fiscal year.

Previous Newsletters:

Fact Sheets

BSEE Fact Sheets

Library

http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Pu...Library/Index/

My Note: Lots of Content Here

Freedom of Information Act

http://www.bsee.gov/foia/

DOI BuildingThe Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the right to request federal agency records and requires federal agencies to proactively make certain records available. This website is the portal to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) FOIA program. The FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended, is based on the principle of openness in government and generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. 

 

BSEE Guide for FOIA Information My Note: Web Page

BSEE FOIA Contacts My Note: Web Page

How to Make a BSEE FOIA Request  My Note: Web Page

BSEE FOIA Reading Room (Frequently Requested Documents)  My Note: Web Page

Additional FOIA Resources My Note: Web Page

Directory of Key BSEE Officials

 BSEE Leadership My Note: See Above

 BSEE Organization Chart My Note: See Above

Make Electronic Payment

If you have received a FOIA Bill for Collection, you may use the information provided in it to make an electronic pay at the link below.

Regulations & Guidance

Current Regulations

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-...t-Regulations/

All leasing and operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are governed by laws and regulations to ensure safe operations and preservation of the environment, while balancing the nation's need for energy development. BSEE enforces with these regulations and periodically updates rules to reflect changes in technology and new information. This section provides access to the rules being developed, public participation in rulemaking, and compliance requirements.

  • BSEE Federal Regulations
  • Federal Register Notices – the Federal regulatory process and Federal Register notices on Bureau regulatory actions.
  • Notices to Lessees (NTLs) – informal communications with operators and contractors that further clarify regulations
  • Safety Alerts -  tools to inform the offshore oil and gas industry of the circumstances surrounding an incident or a near miss and recommendations that should help prevent the recurrence of such an incident on the OCS.
  • Regulations.gov – a U.S. government web site that enables the public to review and submit comments on Federal documents.

Notices to Lessees

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-...Lessees/index/

 

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES

Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) are formal documents that provide clarification, description, or interpretation of a regulation or OCS standard; provide guidelines on the implementation of a special lease stipulation or regional requirement; provide a better understanding of the scope and meaning of a regulation by explaining BSEE interpretation of a requirement; or transmit administrative information such as current telephone listings and a change in BSEE personnel or office address. Letters to Lessees and Operators (LTLs) and Information to Lessees and Operators (ITLs) are also formal documents that provide additional information and clarification, or interpretation of a regulation, OCS standard, or regional requirement, or provide a better understanding of the scope and meaning of a regulation by explaining BSEE interpretation of a requirement.

Safety Alerts

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-...Safety-Alerts/

My Note: Linked Data Table and PDFs

 

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES

 

Safety Alerts are tools used by BSEE to inform the offshore oil and gas industry of the circumstances surrounding an incident or a near miss. They also contain recommendations that should help prevent the recurrence of such an incident on the OCS. Previous Safety Alerts located here. My Note: See Historical Table Below

See Spreadsheet

Current Safety Alerts
Safety Alert Number   Title Date Issued
No.317 Catastrophic Incidnet Avoided 06/12/2015
No. 316 Aviation Near Miss 06/12/2015
No. 315 Dynamic Positioning System Failures on Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in Oil and Gas Operations in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf 02/24/2015
No. 314 Operator Electrocuted Trying to Charge a Battery 09/23/2014
No. 313 Snake Grip Failure on Drill Line 07/31/2014
No. 312 Dynamic Positioning System Failures On Vessels Other Than Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (Vessels)  05/20/2014
No. 311 Methane Venting Hazard to Helicopter Operations 05/01/2014
No. 310 Hydraulic Workover Unit Toppled by Waterspout 03/19/2014
No. 309 Misuse of Beam Clamps as Ground  03/19/2014
No. 308 Overloading Leads to Catastrophic Failure of Crane Boom   03/19/2014
No. 307 Lower Stairwell Step Collapses Causing Injury   03/19/2014
No. 306 Trapped Pressure Beneath a Tubing Plug Blows Work String from Well 03/19/2014
No. 22 Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Gas Release from Piping Corrosion Failure Near a Weld 02/28/2014
No. 21 Pollution from Production Operations Due to Improper Diversion of Production Flow and Rupture Disc Failure  01/13/2014
No. 305 Explosion, Fire and Fatalities West Delta Block 32 Platform E   11/25/2013
No. 304 Boom Hoist Wire Rope Failure Results in Fatality 02/01/2013
No. 303 Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) Connector Failure 01/29/2013
No. 302 Pressure beneath a Surface Bridge Plug Blows Work String out of Well 07/02/2012
No. 301 Fall/Fatality during P&A/Platform Abandonment: Supervision, Operational, Equipment, and Organization Errors 04/13/2012
No. 300 Unplanned Emergency Disconnect Sequence (EDS) of the Lower Marine Riser Package 03/09/2012
No. 299 Failure to Properly Bleed Tubing Hanger Void Results in Injury   01/31/2012
No. 298 Electric Line Failure from Corrosion Results in Injury   12/30/2011
No. 10 Safety Alert for the Macondo Well Blowout   11/10/2011
No. 297 Potable Water Pressure Tank Bladder Rupture   09/29/2011
No. 9 SAFETY ALERT: Heater-Treater Fire Forces Evacuation of Platform   05/25/2011
No. 296 Catastropic Failures in Mooring Systems Possibly Put Floating Structures at Risk 05/12/2011
No. 295 Compressor Fire Resulting from Separated Fuel Line Coupling   04/06/2011
No. 294 Blowout Preventer Automatic Mode (Deadman) Activation 04/14/2011
No. 293 Platform RTU Battery Charger Fire 03/21/2011
No. 292 Synthetic Base Mud (SBM) Inadvertently Discharged Overboard 02/22/2011
No.291 Cutting into Process Piping Results in Pollution Event 01/10/2011
No. 290 Plugged Flame Arrestor Results in Rupture of Oil Storage Tanks 10/14/2010
No. 289 Failure to Follow Lock-Out/Tag-Out Procedures Results in Gas Release   09/27/2010
No. 288 Pipe Handling Operations Result in Fatality 07/07/2010
No. 287 Hot Bolting Fire 06/06/2010
No. 2 Safety Alert on the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Fire Resulting in Multiple Fatalities and Release of Oil   04/30/2010
Historical Safety Alerts

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Newsroom/Pu...Safety-Alerts/

My Note: Linked Data Table and PDFs

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES

 

Safety Alerts are tools used by BSEE to inform the offshore oil and gas industry of the circumstances surrounding an incident or a near miss. They also contain recommendations that should help prevent the recurrence of such an incident on the OCS. Current Safety Alerts located here. My Note: See Table Above

See Spreadsheet

Historical BSEE Safety Alerts
Date Issued Title
12/15/2009 Fire Inside AC Evaporator Enclosure
12/15/2009 Compressor Starter Exhaust Flash Fire
12/15/2009 Diverter Flow Event 
12/07/2009 Crane Shock-Loading resulting from Casing Jack’s Hydraulic Hose Fitting Failure
10/21/2009 Skim Pile Sheening Incident  
17/23/2009 Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
17/23/2009 Drilling Rig Air-Operated Hoist Operation Fatality
15/13/2009 Worker Fatally Struck by Moving Pipe During Pipelay Operations
15/13/2009 Nylon Sling Failure
15/11/2009 Pump Can Pollution Incident
14/07/2009  One Killed when Oil Pollution Pan Falls
13/31/2009 Quality Variations Discovered in Oil and Gas Pipe Components Made of Duplex Steel
13/11/2009 Mechanical Motion Equipment Injuries
12/17/2009 Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
12/17/2009 Wellhead Damage Caused by Hurricane
12/08/2008 Wireline BOP and Lubricator Ejection into GOM
10/23/2008 Drilling Rig Generator Electrical Equipment Fire
11/12/2008 Corroded Ring Gasket Causes Loss of Well Control
10/22/2008 Motor Vessel to Platform Boat Landing Transfer Fatality
10/15/2008 Dresser-Rand D-VIP Compressor Cylinder Head Replacement for Acorn Nut Part Number TEVM0001
10/15/2008 Loss of Well Control from Sustained Casing Pressure
10/02/2008 Traveling Block Assembly Strikes Crown Block
19/23/2008 Post-Hurricane Recovery, Repair and Construction Efforts
19/23/2008 Trouble Shooting Production Platform Upset Problems
17/09/2008 Pipeline Ruptures – 870 Barrels of Crude Oil Spilled 
17/07/2008 Dynamic Pipeline Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring Records on OCS Floating Facilities
15/05/2008 Pipeline Pump Fire
14/30/2008 Sudden Crane Boom Crash Injures One
14/30/2008 Manually Operated Drains
14/24/2008 Guide Post Fails Catastrophically, Causes Fatality
11/16/2008 Catastrophic Failures in Mooring Systems Possibly Put Floating Structures at Risk
11/16/2008 Falling Debris Causes Injury
11/10/2008 Three Crane Accidents Caused by Improper Rigging
11/02/2008 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
11/24/2007  Compressor Explosion
19/26/2007 Failing Drill Pipe  Causes Fatality
18/01/2007 Plug and Abandonment of Non-producing Wells and Facilities
17/30/2007 Retrieving Storm Packers
17/11/2007 Collapse of Pipe Supporting Coil Tubing Causes Drowning
16/12/2007 Plug and Abandonment Operations Lead to Fatality and Brief Loss of Well Control
12/13/2007 Training
12/28/2006 Stainless Steel Tubing-Related Fires
12/11/2006 Fatality on Storm-Damaged Platform
12/06/2006 Stainless Steel Tubing-Related Fires
11/09/2006 Serious Fire Caused by Methanol Sprayed from Duct-Tape Repaired Hose
11/07/2006 Two Injured in Separate Incidents from Lack of Fall Protection and Improper Supervision
09/06/2006 Unplanned Riser Disconnect Results in Spill
18/23/2006 2006 Fatalities
17/06/2006 Shallow-Gas Blowout and Rig Evacuation
16/05/2006 Conducting Activities In the Vicinity of Offshore Pipelines
13/02/2006 Casing Bleed-down into Plastic Drum Results in Fire on Platform
13/01/2006  Floorhand Crushed During a Through-Rotary Man-Riding Operation
12/14/2006 Post-Hurricane Construction Fatality and Other Incidents
12/03/2006 Fatality Caused by Snagged Stabbing Board
12/15/2005 Multiple Cable Transit Failures
12/09/2005 Potential Obstructions to Mariners and Offshore Operators(amends Safety Alert No. 233)
11/30/2005 Potential Obstructions to Mariners and Offshore Operators
16/06/2005 Tropical Storm Preparedness
15/31/2005 Human Engineering Factors Result in Increasing Number of Riser Disconnects
15/03/2005 Equipment Failure on Deepwater Rig While Running Casing in Open Waters
14/04/2005 Inadequate Job Planning Results in Atmospheric Release of Gas
13/24/2005 Vent Gas Migrates Through Cable Entrance Hole, Motor Control Center Explodes
13/24/2005 Explosion and Fire on Platform Caused by Improper Welding and Burning Practice
12/18/2005 Well-Control Equipment Circumvention
11/28/2005 Pressure Rise to Surface after Cementing Leads to Burst Casing and Loss of Control
11/14/2005 Fatality on Rig Caused by Snagged Barricade
12/29/2004  Erroneous Activation of Dump Valve Causes Loss of 165 bbls of Oil-BasedMud
11/29/2004 Loss of Well Control
17/14/2004 Riser Flexible Joints
16/24/2004 Hanger Failure and Ejection Lead to Well Control Incident
16/17/2004 Lifting Fatality
12/09/2004 Loss of Well Control While Drilling Surface Hole
11/09/2004 Fall Results in Fatality
12/04/2003 Loss of Control Associated with Setting Surface Casing 
10/22/2003 Loss of Well Control: Annular Flow After Cementing
10/06/2003 Diving Fatality
17/28/2003 Equipment Collapse During Workover Operation Results in a Serious Near Miss
17/23/2003 Electrical Wiring Inspection and Maintenance
17/15/2003 Flash Fire and Explosion from Inadequately Vented Production Vessel
16/11/2003  Marine Riser Failure
12/24/2003 Shallow Gas Blowout and Rig Evacuation
12/24/2003  Pipeline Safety Joints
11/10/2003 Fall Hazards Associated with Temporary Deck Openings
on Fixed Offshore Facilities
11/08/2003 Blowout After Cementing Surface Casing
12/20/2002  Crane Accident on the Norwegian OCS
12/19/2002 Loss of Well Control
12/18/2002 Rental Crane Bracing Failure Results in Fatality
12/09/2002 Fall Through V-Door Opening Results in Fatality
11/05/2002 Cellular Phones and Other Risks in Classified Areas (Update)
10/31/2002  Blowout Results in Fatality and Injuries 
19/20/2002  Pipe Rack Finger Failure Results in Fatality and Injury 
18/22/2002  Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
16/16/2002 Temporary Crane Support Failure - Fatality
16/16/2002  Viton "O" - Rings Failure
15/29/2002 Subsea Equipment Failure to Deepwater GOM Pollution
13/06/2002 Cell Phone Results in Fire
11/15/2001 Blowout and Fire
11/08/2001 Drilling Accident Results in Fatality
18/03/2001 Environmental Design Criteria
17/23/2001 Cranes
16/01/2001 Riser Skate/Casing Handling Carts
14/30/2001 Guardrails
12/28/2001 Fall Results in Fatality
11/29/2001 Water Survival Craft
12/02/2000 Drillship Draw Works Failure
10/06/2000 Shackle Failures Revised March 31, 2009)
19/22/2000 Fall Results in Fatality
17/19/2000 Guardrails
17/10/2000 Rupture of Sour Gas Piping
15/02/2000 Fire with Fatality and Injury
14/10/2000 Coiled Tubing Incidents
14/07/2000 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Cylinders - Possible Ruptures
13/10/2000 Accidental Disconnect of Marine Drilling Risers
12/02/2000 Annular Gas Migration as a Result of Poor Cement Jobs
11/25/2000 Electrical Cable Testing
11/22/1999 Installation and Inspection of Concrete Mats
11/19/1999 Fire with Fatality and Injuries
11/16/1999 Electrical Shock Hazard
10/19/1999 Post-Hurricane Startup Procedures Fail to Identify Pipeline Damage Resulting in Oil Spill
14/28/1999 Rig Collapse with Fatalities and Injuries
13/04/1999 Deepwater Gulf of Mexico OCS Currents
12/24/1999 Drilling Accident Results in One Fatality
12/23/1999 Trawl Net Snags Pipeline, Resulting in Oil Spill
12/09/1999 Casing Blowdown Accident and Fatality
11/05/1998 Crane Accidents, Fatalities, Injuries
17/22/1998 Mud Logging Unit Explosion and Fire
17/20/1998 List of Safety Alerts Concerning Crane Accidents
14/06/1998 Carbon Monozide
14/02/1998 Crane Accident
11/26/1997 Accumulation of Gas in Living Quarters Results in Explosion, Fire, and Injuries
18/28/1997 Pig Launcher Explosion Results in Two Fatalities
18/27/1997 Personnel Overexposed to Carbon Monoxide
18/27/1997 List of Safety Alerts and Accident Investigation Reports Concerning Blowouts
11/06/1996 Stabbing Board Fatality and Injury
11/04/1996 Personnel Falls Result in Three Fatalities
18/19/1996 Twisted Valve Stem and Ineffective Level Safety High Result in Oil Spill
16/17/1996 Retrieval of Back-Pressure Valve Results in Loss of Well Control
16/11/1996 Lifting of Personnel by Crane Proves Fatal
14/03/1995 Shallow Gas Flows While Cementing Surface Casing
12/16/1994 Attempt to Stand Gravel Pack Assembly in Derrick Proves Fatal
12/16/1994 Installation of Elevator Links (Bails)
15/12/1994 Accidents
13/09/1994 Accidents on the OCS Involving Drilling Rigs, Derrick Barges, Pipeline Lay Barges, and Anchor-handling Vessels
14/16/1993 Lifting Operations
14/06/1993 Platform Helideck Obstructions
13/01/1993 Crane/Helicopter Operations
12/02/1993 Production Platform Gas Discharge Points
11/28/1993 Lifting Operations
19/05/1992 Platform Helideck Closing Procedures
16/18/1991 Exposed Subsea Valve Assemblies Create Hazards
15/15/1991 Well Kick Due to Swabbing - Man Breaks Leg
18/23/1990 Welder Burned in Pipeline Accident
18/23/1990 Water-treating Facility Upset Leads to Fire on Production Platform
17/19/1989 Wireline Accident Involving the Formation of an Ice Plug in the Lubricator
17/06/1988 Fire on the Water Beneath Facilities
16/14/1988 Fire on Glycol Reboiler Due to Carry-over and Uninsulated Compressor Exhaust
13/18/1988 Flash Fire During Portable Well Testing Operations
12/12/1988 Fire Caused by Cutting Torch Used to Cut Tubing
16/19/1987 Circulating with Natural Gas Through Coil Tubing
12/12/1987 Explosion of Accumulated Gas in the Engine Room of a Supply Vessel Servicing an Offshore Facility
17/24/1986 Fire Occurs During Cutting Operation to Install Casing Head
16/20/1986 Fatality
15/13/1986 Compressor Blowdown Leads to Fire
13/27/1986 Pipe Nipple Fatigue and Inadequate Insulation Cause Compressor Fire
13/17/1986 Fire from Generator Engine Exhaust Leak Igniting Fiberglass Panel
12/21/1986 Fire During Production Equipment Dismantling Operations
18/22/1985 Tubing String Equipment Failure During a Plug and Abandonment Operation
11/23/1986 Uncontrolled Shallow Gas Flow
18/15/1985 Compressor Fire During Maintenance Operation
16/20/1985 Pollution Because of Failure of Level Safety High Sensor and Level Controller 
16/20/1985 Fire in Rental Generator on Production Platform
16/18/1985 Uncontrolled Well Flow and Pollution During Workover Operations
15/29/1985 Pollution from Production Operations Due to Rupture Disc Failure
15/29/1985 Fire and Injury During Welding Operations in Derrick
13/21/1985 Personal Injury During Well Test
12/11/1985 Air Volume Tank Explosion
12/13/1985 Pollution from Diesel Fuel Tank Transfer
12/08/1985 Pipeline Pump Fire
12/13/1985 Degreaser Fire
12/13/1985 Supply Gas Fire
17/20/1984 Pollution
17/06/1984 Fire
16/15/1984 Welding Explosion and Injury
17/31/1984 Platform Fire
16/15/1984 Injury While Retesting Blowout Preventers
13/27/1984 Welding/Burning Accidents
13/27/1984 Crane Accidents
13/27/1984 Pedestal Crane Boom Wire Rope Failure
11/05/1984 Shallow Gas Blowout
12/15/1983 Injury Due to Failure to Coordinate Activities
11/28/1983 Injury During Cementing Operations
10/03/1983 Fire During Turbine Compressor Start-up
10/03/1983 Successful Diverter System Operation to Control Shallow Gas Flow
10/03/1983 Prohibited Use of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
10/03/1983 Fatality While Testing Gas Turbine Meter
18/08/1983 Fire While Starting Diesel Engine with Gas-driven Engine
17/18/1983 Fire
17/18/1983 Fire
17/18/1983 Fire
15/16/1983 Fire
15/13/1983 Blowout and Fire
13/24/1983 Fire
13/24/1983 Fire
12/17/1982 Explosion and Fire
16/08/1982 Fire
18/28/1981 Blowout
17/28/1981 Welding Accident
17/28/1981 Crane Accident
16/30/1981 Blowout
16/08/1981 Fire
16/08/1981 Explosion 
13/30/1981 Explosion -- Fire
13/05/1981 Construction Accident -- Fatality
11/29/1981 Drill Ship Damage by Liquid Nitrogen Spill
11/29/1981 Welding - Fire
16/20/1980 Flash Fire
16/22/1980 Welding -- Fire
16/20/1980 Crane Accident
11/22/1980 Crane Accident -- Fatality
11/18/1980 Pig Trap Ruptures
12/29/1979 Flowline Parts -- Injury
12/26/1979 Testing of Subsurface Safety Valves
12/10/1979 Fall -- Fatality
12/05/1979 Hose Ruptures -- Fatality
11/15/1979 Blowout and Fire -- 8 Fatalities
19/10/1979 Fire -- Men Burned
17/26/1979 Oil Spill
17/25/1979 Fatality
15/23/1979 Fire -- Two Fatalities
13/16/1979 Fatality
13/09/1979 Fire -- Oil Sprays from Valve
12/15/1978 Compressor Fires
2/01/1978 Blowout
11/17/1978 Gas Fire -- Extensive Platform Damage
11/08/1978 Fatality and Injury -- Crane Accident
10/27/1978 Explosion and Fire
10/18/1978 Fire -- Generator Building 
10/06/1978 Injury -- Glass Liquid Level Gauge Ruptures
9/20/1978 Helicopter Crashes -- 17 Fatalities 
19/05/1978 Oil Spill -- Transfer Hose (A Reissuance)
19/05/1978 Gas Leak from Subsea BOP Stack While Circulating Out Kick
18/21/1978 Explosion -- Fire
8/02/1978 Fire -- Boiler Ignited
16/12/1978 Blowout During Workover
15/01/1978 Pipeline Damaged by Grappling Hook
12/23/1978 Stabbing Board Struck By Travelling Block
12/06/1977 Blowout -- Platform Loss
11/09/1977 Explosion
10/26/1977 Fatality
19/26/1977 Blowouts from Surface Casing -- Conductor Casing Annulus
16/13/1977 Fatality -- Crane Accident 
15/05/1977 Uncontrolled Gas Flow
15/04/1977 Oil Spill -- Fuel Transfer Hose Broke 
14/15/1977 Snubbing Operations Fire -- Man Burned
14/12/1977 Explosion -- Fire
13/21/1977 Gas Starter Fire -- Man Burned 
13/11/1977 Compressor Explosion
13/11/1977 Fatality -- Stabbing Board Falls
13/11/1977 Fatality -- Crane Accident
12/10/1977 Fire -- Glycol Ignited
11/21/1977 Oil Spill --Safety Equipment Failure
11/13/1977 Welding Fire
11/13/1977 Compressor Explosion
11/16/1976 Fire -- Fuel Hose Ruptured 
11/05/1976 Fatality -- Falling Object
11/05/1976 Flash Fire -- Man Burned 
19/01/1976 Oil Spill -- Safety Equipment Failure
17/09/1976 Flash Fire -- Men Burned
17/09/1976 Fatality -- Man Struck by Falling Object 
17/09/1976 Fire -- Lube Oil on Engine Exhaust
16/23/1976 Tubing Blows Out of Well -- Men Injured
16/21/1976 Man Falls -- Fatality
16/21/1976 Shallow Gas Blowout 
15/25/1976 Hydraulic Pump Reservoir Ruptures -- Minor Injury
15/03/1976 Fatality 
14/20/1976 Beam Falls -- Man Injured
13/23/1976 Fire -- Hydraulic Hose Ruptures
12/26/1976 Fatality -- Man Knocked Overboard
12/26/1976 Man Falls -- Serious Injury 
12/02/1976 Fatality
12/02/1976 Fire -- Choke Cap Blows Off
11/14/1976 Fire -- Leaking Glass Sight Gage
11/14/1976 Flash Fire -- Men Burned
11/14/1975 Welding Operation Ignites Condensate
11/14/1975 Oil Spill -- Loading Diesel Fuel 
11/03/1975 Fire in Generator Turbine
10/14/1975 Heater Explodes -- Man Injured
18/18/1975 Weld Fails -- Derrick Collapses
17/21/1975 Gas in Generator Room Explodes
17/09/1975 Crown Block on Workover Rig Fails -- Fatality
17/09/1975 Man Falls from Derrick Ladder -- Fatality
16/02/1975 Shallow Gas Blowouts -- One Rig Lost
15/06/1975 Sump Tank Fire -- Man Burned
14/30/1975 Cap Blows off of Choke Body -- Man Burned
14/16/1975 Traveling Block Falls -- Fatality 
12/24/1975 Crane Accident -- Fatality 
12/13/1975 Safety System Failure -- Oil Spill 
12/13/1975 Men Drowned
11/27/1974 Fire -- Men Burned
11/26/1974 Fatality 
11/27/1974 Fatality -- Lubricator Fails
11/27/1974 Fire -- Capsized Barge Ruptures Gas Line 
11/20/1974 Fire -- Chlorine Gas
11/27/1974 Boat Collides with Well
10/17/1974 Heater-Treater Fire
18/15/1974 Stem Blowout of Grove B-4 Ball Valves
18/01/1974 Series of Accidents
11/19/1973 Catalytic Gas Heaters
11/16/1973 Lack of Adequate Supervision by Lease Operator of Contract Personnel
19/17/1973 Barrels of Deadly Poisonous Cyanide Adrift in the Gulf
16/15/1973 Flash Fires/Explosions
11/09/1973 Flash Fire -- Cutting and Welding
11/03/1973 Flash Fire -- Glycol Gas Dehydrator Unit
12/13/1972 Shallow Drilling Hazards
19/22/1972 Flash Fire from Liquid Phase Heat Transfer Unit

Internal Policy and Directives

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-...nd-Directives/

 

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES


The internal policies and directives listed provide guidance for BSEE employees when carrying out their day-to-day duties. BSEE promotes the culture of “Safety at all levels, at all times,” and these internal policies guide our fundamental activities to enhance safety and environmental protection across the offshore industry.

“Safety at all levels, at all times” is a way of thinking about every aspect of offshore operations. Making information about how we conduct our business available to stakeholders in the offshore community will help everyone better understand our approach and our expectations.

Our goal is to constantly promote a culture that places the highest priority on safety and environmental protection.

Regulations In Development

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-...n-Development/

My Note: Mostly PDF Files

More information regarding regulations currently in development:

Please note: As of April 13, 2015, the BSEE Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs has moved from Herndon, VA, to Sterling, VA. Any new comments on proposed BSEE regulations may be submitted electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov. If you wish to mail written comments to BSEE, please use the Sterling address below. If you already mailed comments to BSEE's former Herndon address, you do not need to resubmit those comments to the new address as the mail will be received at the new location. Similarly, if you wish to view any rulemaking notices, or any industry standards incorporated by reference in BSEE's regulations, in person, please make an appointment to do so at the new Sterling, VA address by calling 703-787-1775.

Any new comments on proposed BSEE regulations may be submitted electronically, as indicated in the relevant rulemaking notices, or by mail with the appropriate regulatory identification number included to:

Department of the Interior (DOI)
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Attention: Regulations and Standards Branch (mail code VAE-ORP)
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, VA 20166

Inspections & Enforcement

Inspection Programs

http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...tion-Programs/

The OCS Lands Act authorizes and requires the Bureau to provide for both an annual scheduled inspection and a periodic unscheduled (unannounced) inspection of all oil and gas operations on the outer continental shelf. The annual inspection examines all safety equipment designed to prevent blowouts, fires, spills, or other major accidents.

Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC)

Checklist items which BSEE inspects to pursue safe operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. This list of inspection items is derived from all regulations for safety and environmental standards. Categorized Lists may be viewed here. My Note: See Below

Incident of Noncompliance (INC)

If an inspector finds a violation of BSEE regulations as they are outlined in the PINC checklists,, the Bureau Inspector issues an Incident of Noncompliance (INC) citation to the operator. Depending on the severity of the violation, the inspector can declare either a Warning or Shut-In INC.

  • If the violation is not severe or threatening, a warning INC is issued. The warning INC must be corrected within a reasonable amount of time specified on the INC.
  • The shut-in INC may be for a single component (a portion of the facility) or the entire facility. The violation must be corrected before the operator is allowed to continue the activity in question.

In addition to the enforcement actions specified above, the Bureau can assess a civil penalty of up to $40,000 per violation per day if: 1) the operator fails to correct the violation in the reasonable amount of time specified on the INC; or 2) the violation resulted in a threat of serious harm or damage to human life or the environment.

Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...liance---PINC/

My Note: Mostly PDF Files Below

Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC) – Checklist items which BSEE inspects to pursue safe operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. This list of inspection items is derived from all regulations for safety and environmental standards.

Guidelines

Certain sections of the PINC Guidelines may be periodically updated to reflect changes in the Code of Federal Regulations. When these changes are necessary, the most recent update will be posted under the heading or subheading of the opened file. 

Enforcement Tools

http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...ment-Programs/

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1348(c)) requires BSEE to conduct onsite inspections to assure compliance with lease terms, NTL's, and approved plans, and to assure that safety and pollution-prevention requirements of regulations are met.  Further information on the baseline for the inspection of lessee operations and facilities can be found in the National Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC) List.  Noncompliance with checklist requirements for specific installations or procedures is followed by prescribed enforcement actions consisting of written warnings or shut-ins of platforms, zones (wells), equipment, or pipelines.  In the event of noncompliance, the inspector takes the appropriate enforcement action dictated by the National PINC List.

    If an operator is found in violation of a safety or environmental requirement, a citation is issued requiring that it be fixed within 14 days.  The violation may call for the particular well component, production component, or the entire complex to be shut in.

    The primary objective of initial inspections is to assure proper installation of mobile units or structures and associated equipment.  After operations begin, additional announced and unannounced inspections are conducted. Surprise unannounced inspections are conducted to foster a climate of safe operations, to maintain a BSEE presence, and to focus on operators with a poor performance record.  They are also conducted after a critical safety feature has previously been found defective.  Depending on the distance from shore and other factors such as weather and proximity to other inspections, each BSEE district inspector will inspect from one to three different drilling rigs or platforms per day.  Aerial surveillance of additional offshore structures is conducted enroute.  Annual inspections are conducted on all platforms, but more frequent inspections may be conducted on rigs and platforms. On-board inspections involve all safety systems of a production platform.

    In the interest of efficient and effective utilization of inspection resources, random sampling techniques are being evaluated for the selection of specific items for inspection from the national PINC list and a production platform's component list.

Suspension of Operations

The OCSLA, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1334(a)(1)), and regulations appearing at 30 CFR 250.10 provide for the suspension or temporary prohibition of an operation or activity when the suspension is in the national interest and when the suspension is necessary based on any of the conditions given at 30 CFR 250.10(a) through (c).

Cancellation of Leases

The OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1334(a)(2)) and regulations at 30 CFR 250.12 authorize the Secretary to cancel a lease or permit if, after opportunity and notice for a hearing, he determines (1) continued activity would probably cause serious harm or damage to life, property, the environment, or national security or defense; (2) the threat of harm or damage will not disappear or decrease to an acceptable extent within a reasonable time; (3) the advantages of cancellation outweigh the advantages of continued activity; and (4) the suspension has been in effect for at least 5 years or the termination of suspension and lease cancellation are at the request of the lessee.

Remedies and Penalties

Under 43 U.S.C. 1350(b) of the OCSLA, as amended, and regulations appearing at 30 CFR 250.200-250.206, civil penalties can be assessed for failure to comply with responsibilities under the law, a license, a permit, or any regulation or order issued pursuant to the Act. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 changed the way the Bureau will address civil penalties and remedies.  Civil penalties are now issued for serious violations.  If the violation is serious enough and is found to be a knowing and willful violation, BSEE may recommend that the matter be referred to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution (43 U.S.C. 1350(c)).  The issuance and continuance in effect of any lease or of any assignment or other transfer of any lease shall be conditioned upon compliance with regulations issued under the OCSLA.

Incidents of Noncompliance

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...on-Compliance/

Upon detecting a violation, the Bureau Inspector issues an Incident of Noncompliance (INC) to the operator and uses one of two main enforcement actions (warning or shut- in), depending on the severity of the violation. If the violation is not severe or threatening, a Warning INC is issued. The Warning INC must be corrected within a reasonable amount of time specified on the INC. The Shut-in INC may be for a single component (a portion of the facility) or the entire facility. The violation must be corrected before the operator is allowed to continue the activity in question.

In addition to the enforcement actions specified above, the Bureau can assess a civil penalty of up to $40,000 per violation per day if: 1) the operator fails to correct the violation in the reasonable amount of time specified on the INC; or 2) the violation resulted in a threat of serious harm or damage to human life or the environment.

Recent Panel Investigation INCs Issued

BSEE is working to make available Incidents of Noncompliance (INCs) issued to offshore oil and gas operators and contractors. As BSEE works to modernize our processes, web postings are limited. INCs issued during offshore inspections can be requested through the bureau's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office.

 

Issuance Date INC Issued to: (Operator/Contractor) Region
11-13-2013 Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations (BEE) Gulf of Mexico
11-13-2013 Compass Engineering & Consultants, LLC (Compass) Gulf of Mexico
11-13-2013  Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. (GIS) Gulf of Mexico
11-13-2013  Wood Group Production Service Network (WGPSN) Gulf of Mexico
06-23-2013 Pacific Offshore Operators, LLC Pacific
03-06-2013 Pacific Offshore Operators, LLC Pacific
03-08-2013 Alliance Oilfield Services, LLC Gulf of Mexico
03-05-2013 ENSCO Driling Gulf of Mexico
03-05-2013 Island Operators Co., Inc. Gulf of Mexico
03-05-2013 Nabors Offshore Corporation Gulf of Mexico
02-05-2013 ERT GOM Inc. Gulf of Mexico
Incidents of Noncompliance (INC) Appeals

Appeal: An entity (lessee, operator, contractor, etc.) that receives notification of an incident of noncompliance (INC) may appeal the INC to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) under 30 C.F.R. part 290 and 43 C.F.R. part 4. The entity must appeal the INC within 60 days of receiving it. 

At the IBLA:

  • After filing its appeal, the entity appealing (the appellant) has 30 days to file a Statement of Reasons for the appeal if one was not filed with the appeal. Extensions may be granted.
  • The agency has 30 days to file an Answer responding to the Statement of Reasons. The IBLA will grant one automatic extension, not to exceed 30 days.
  • The appellant may file a reply brief within 15 days of receiving the Answer.
  • Any party may request a hearing to present evidence on an issue of fact. The request must be filed within 30 days after the answer is due. If the IBLA grants a hearing, the appeal will be referred to an administrative law judge.
Potential Incident of Noncompliance - PINC

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...liance---PINC/

Potential Incident of Noncompliance (PINC) – Checklist items which BSEE inspects to pursue safe operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. This list of inspection items is derived from all regulations for safety and environmental standards.

Guidelines

Certain sections of the PINC Guidelines may be periodically updated to reflect changes in the Code of Federal Regulations. When these changes are necessary, the most recent update will be posted under the heading or subheading of the opened file. 

Performance Improvement Plans

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...ovement_Plans/

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is charged with ensuring safety and environmental protection across offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production activities.

In addition to the tools used by the Bureau to ensure compliance with regulations, such as Incidents of Non-Compliance and Civil Penalties, BSEE continually evaluates the overall performance of offshore operators.

If the Bureau deems a company’s operating performance unacceptable pursuant to 30 CFR 250.135, in addition to other enforcement actions, BSEE may refer the company to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recommending that the company’s designation as an operator (on a single facility or on multiple facilities) be revoked.

Pursuant to 30 CFR 250.136, will consider the following factors (individually or collectively): (a) Accidents and their nature; (b) Pollution events, environmental damages and their nature; (c) Incidents of noncompliance; (d) civil penalties; (3) failure to adhere to OCS lease obligation, or (f) Any other factors.

Prior to making a final determination of unacceptable operating performance, BSEE may also formally notify a company regarding its unacceptable operating performance and give the company an opportunity to agree to make specific improvements. The notification will typically include or be followed by a Performance Improvement Plan, or a list of specific requirement and timelines the company must meet to demonstrate that its operating performance is no longer unacceptable. Performance improvement plans may be modified to reflect progress or new information. Performance improvement plans remain in effect until BSEE determines that performance is no longer unacceptable or until BOEM makes a final determination concerning the company’s designated operator status.

The table below provides details of activities and enforcement actions of operators participating in BSEE-directed Performance Improvement Plans.

 

 

Operators Currently Participating in BSEE-Directed Performance Improvement Plans  

TALOS Energy LLC , Energy Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT)

 

 

Operators Previously Under BSEE-Directed Performance Improvement Plans  

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC

Civil Penalties

http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...s-and-Appeals/

My Note: See PDF Reports Below

The goal of the OCS Civil/Criminal Penalties Program is to assure safe and clean operations on the OCS. Through the pursuit, assessment, and collection of civil penalties and referrals for the consideration of criminal penalties, the program is designed to encourage compliance with OCS statutes and regulations.

The Bureau’s Criminal Penalty program is a screening and referral process. As part of the process, potential cases are analyzed to determine whether the facts and circumstances suggest the likelihood of a knowing violation of law warranting investigation by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG decides whether to initiate a criminal investigation or to conduct further preliminary inquiries to ascertain the facts necessary to determine whether the case meets the criteria for investigation. Below is the Statutory Authority that governs the Bureau's Criminal Penalty Program.

Criminal violations are covered under Section 24(c) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA or the Act) (43 U.S.C. 1350(c)). Criminal violations are those that are knowing and willful and may include:

  • Violation of any provision of the OCSLA, any lease term, license, or permit pursuant to the Act, or any regulation or order issued under the Act designed to protect health, safety, or the environment or to conserve natural resources;
  • Any false statement, representation, or certification in any application, record, report, or other document filed or required to be maintained under the Act;
  • Falsifying, tampering with, or rendering inaccurate any monitoring device or method of record required to be maintained under the Act; and
  • A disclosure of any data or information required to be kept confidential by the Act. Inspector General Act (IGA): The OIG is authorized to investigate violations of OCSLA under Section 2 of the IGA (5 U.S.C. App §§ 2 and 4 (1998)).
Federal Register (FR) Notices
  • FR 2011: Final rule published which raises the maximum penalty rate effective July 30, 2011.
Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTL)

Investigations and Review Unit

http://www.bsee.gov/BSEE-Investigati...d-Review-Unit/

My Note: See PDF Reports Below

On June 23, 2010, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich established an Investigations and Review Unit (IRU), a team of professionals with law enforcement backgrounds or technical expertise whose mission was to: promptly and credibly respond to allegations or evidence of misconduct and unethical behavior by Bureau employees; pursue allegations of misconduct by oil and gas companies involved in offshore energy projects; and assure the Bureau's ability to respond swiftly to emerging issues and crises, including significant incidents such as spills and accidents. The IRU evaluates all information submitted and will, where appropriate, conduct further investigation. The IRU also shares allegations of misconduct with the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), and they will jointly determine which office conducts any investigation of those allegations.

IRU Hotline Complaint Procedures

Anyone with knowledge of misconduct or unethical behavior involving the Bureau may send a summary of all relevant facts to:

Telephone

IRU Hotlines: 1-877-440-0173 or 202-208-5646 
OIG Hotline:  1-800-424-5081

BSEE Employees

We recommend that you go to the BSEE Intranet site, access the Complaint Form, and follow instructions for submission. BSEE employees who prefer to contact the OIG should feel free to do so. Click here to reach the Office of Inspector General Hotline.

General Public

Non-BSEE employees with knowledge of misconduct or unethical behavior involving the Bureau and/or oil and gas companies operating offshore may send a summary of all relevant facts to:

U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Investigations and Review Unit 
1849 C Street, NW
MS-5560
Washington, DC 20240
Attention: IRU Hotline Operations

Historical Investigation Reports

Incident Information

http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...nvestigations/

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) requires that the Secretary of the Department of Interior conduct an investigation and issue a report on deaths, serious injuries, fires, and pollution events that occur as the result of offshore oil and gas operations.  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) carries out these investigations on behalf of the Secretary throughout America's 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 

Overview of Investigations and Reports

BSEE incident investigations seek to determine the cause or causes of an incident.  BSEE will typically convene a "panel" to investigate incidents that result in death, serious injury, or a significant pollution event.  At the conclusion of all panel investigations, BSEE will publish a report that seeks to explain why and how an incident occurred, detail the causes of the incident, address possible regulatory violations and offer recommendations to prevent a recurrence.  From time to time, BSEE may also publish investigative reports on other types of incidents (for example, "near miss" incidents that could have had more serious consequences).

Incident Reports and the Commencement of a BSEE Investigation

Offshore operators are required by law (30 CFR 250.188)  to immediately notify BSEE of the following types of incidents:  fatalities; injuries that require evacuation of the injured person; loss of well control; fires and explosions; collisions that result in property or equipment damage of more than $25,000; incidents involving structural damage to an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facility; incidents involving crane operations; and incidents involving damage to safety systems and equipment.

For many incidents, BSEE's investigation will include the collection of evidence and the interview of personnel involved.  When a panel investigation is likely, BSEE will issue evidence preservation orders to all companies involved in the incident and, after ongoing safety concerns have been addressed, will take steps to preserve the incident scene for investigation. 

BSEE coordinates closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal and state agencies to determine how to effectively respond to the incident and to determine which agency will be the primary investigator. 

The Scope of BSEE Incident Investigations

BSEE investigations will often include an assessment of companies' safety and compliance policies and procedures, as well as other information potentially relevant to the incident.  Investigations typically involve a combination of witness interviews, evidence analysis (including forensics), review of company documentation, assessment of prior company performance, and other relevant information. 

Panel investigations are typically handled by a team of individuals including BSEE investigators (from BSEE's Investigations and Review Unit and from the regional offices), inspectors and other experts. 

Some BSEE investigations will require considerably fewer resources than panel investigations.  Many of these investigations are conducted by personnel in BSEE's districts and are referred to as "district" investigations.  At times, BSEE districts may seek assistance from BSEE's Investigations and Review Unit (IRU) during  investigations.

The primary goal of every BSEE incident investigation is to determine what happened to cause an incident so that the agency can act to minimize the likelihood that a similar incident will occur in the future.  "Safety at all levels at all times" can be achieved only when BSEE and industry have a clear understanding of how companies should act to prevent offshore incidents.

Incident Statistics and Summaries

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...nvestigations/

This page provides access to general statistics and summaries of OCS incidents reported to the Bureau. Follow the links below to view the following incidents by year:

See Spreadsheet

OCS Incidents/Spills by Category: CY 2007 – 2014  
TYPE
(Click for more info)
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
GOM PAC GOM PAC GOM PAC GOM PAC GOM PAC GOM PAC GOM PAC GOM PAC
FATALITIES 5 0 11 0 4 0 12 0 3 0 4 0 3  0 1 0
INJURIES *** # 423 17 318 14 285 16 273 12 213  18  253  34  246  22  244 33
LOSS OF WELL CONTROL *** 7 0 8 0 6 0 4 0 3  0 4  0 8  0 7 0
FIRES/EXPLOSIONS 110 8 139 12 133 12 126 4 103  2   134  6   103  8  105 16
COLLISIONS *** 20 1 22 0 29 0 8 0 14   0 9  1   23  0   12 0
SPILLS ≥ 50 bbls   4 0 33   0 11 0 5   0 3  0 8  0 ^  ^   ^ ^
OTHER *** 268  27 278  36 308   28   155  17   186  15   236  41  278  43  297 55
INCIDENT TOTAL FOR THE YEAR 837  53 809  62 776   56   583  33   525  35   648  82   661  73  666 104
COMBINED TOTAL FOR THE YEAR 890  871  832  616  560  730  734  770 
SOURCE: BSEE Database as of 5-Feb-2015  

Incidents Archive

My Note: See Below

 

^ Spill Data after CY 2012 is available here

NOTE: Incidents may be counted in more than one category. For example, a fire resulting in an injury would be counted in both the fire and injury category.

*** Effective July 17, 2006, BOEMRE revised the regulations for Incident Reporting. Related to this chart, changes were made to the reporting criteria for Injuries, Loss of Well Control incidents, Collisions, and Other Incidents. Thus the number of incidents shown in these categories for 2006 and beyond may be affected by this change when compared to previous years.

# Effective July 17, 2006, BOEMRE required that injuries be reported if the injured person was evacuated from the facility for medical treatment or in the injury resulted in one or more days away from work, restricted work, or job transfer. The numbers of injuries shown on this chart include: 1) Injuries that resulted in one or more days away from work, restricted work, or job transfer and 2) Minor injuries that required medical treatment, but did not result in any days away from work, restricted work, or job transfer.

OCS Incidents/Spills by Category: 1996-2005

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...ive-less-than/

My Note: These Numbers Have Links

 

Year Region Fatalities Injuries Loss of Well Control Fires Explosions Collisions Spills Other Incident Totals Combined Total
2006 GOM 10   321   2   132   0 27   14 205  711 770
PAC 0  32   0 7   0 0 0 24 59
2005 GOM 5 48 4 77 2 20 491,3 33 238 253
PAC 0 6 0 5 0 0 0 4 15
2004 GOM 3 58 4 66 4 22 221,2 0 179 190
PAC 0 4 1 6 0 0 0 0 11
2003 GOM 10 43 5 99 6 18 12 12 205 217
PAC 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 6 12
2002 GOM 6 47 6 87 3 12 12 0 173 185
PAC 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 12
2001 GOM 7 56 9 84 6 18 9 0 189 192
PAC 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
2000 GOM 5 62 8 101 2 9 71 35 229 234
PAC 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 5
1999 GOM 5 45 5 75 5 10 5 0 150 153
PAC 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
1998 GOM 14 68 6 90 3 5 9 0 195 200
PAC 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 5
1997 GOM 11 57 5 122 10 10 3 21 21 239
PAC 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4
1996 GOM 10 58 4 84 6 5 3 5 175 181
PAC 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 6
SOURCE: TIMS Database as of 19 October 2007

 

1Number of spill events with total spillage of 50 bbl or more. Column does not add because spills include multi-product spills where no individual product was 50 bbl or more, and spills which involved the loss of 50 bbl or more of two or three individual products.

2The 2004 increase is due to Hurricane Ivan which accounts for 15 of the 22 spills. Ivan is the first hurricane for which unrecovered petroleum and chemicals on destroyed, heavily damaged, and/or missing structures were reported in a comprehensive manner.

3The 2005 increase is due to Hurricane Katrina which accounts for 25, and Hurricane Rita which accounts for 18, of the 49 spills.

MMS Published Reports

Incidents Associated with Oil and Gas Operations from 1956-2000 (all in PDF)

Reports

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...dents/Reports/

My Note: Investigate All Links for Tables. Some Look Like Current 2015 Spreadsheet

Note: Only the Panel Investigation Reports published in the MMS number series, which started in 1984, are available.  Panel reports issued since 1992 are available from this website.  District Investigation Reports issued since January 1, 2005, are available from this website.

Reports for all Panel and District Accident Investigations listed are also available through the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region Public Information Unit (Call 1-800-200-GULF).

Panel Investigation Reports

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...ation-Reports/

See Spreadsheet

BSEE Response to 2015-01 Response Letter from BSEE Director
BSEE 2015-01 Investigation into the January 30, 2014 Loss of Well Control, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
BSEE Response to 2014-02   Response Letter from BSEE Director
BSEE  2014-02 Investigation of October 27, 2013, Fatality Vermilion Area Block 200 platform “A” Lease No. OCS-G 09500, Complex ID No. 24098-01 Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
BSEE Response
to 2014-01
Response Letter from BSEE Director
BSEE 2014-01 Investigation of Electrocution on Drilling Rig, Ship Shoal Block 170, Well No. 1 OCS-G 33644, 26 January 2013, Gulf of Mexico, Off the State of Louisiana
BSEE 2013-0117 Investigation into June 22, 2012, Oil Spill:Pacific Operators Offshore, LLC; Platform Houchin.
BSEE 2013-02 Investigation of November 16, 2012, Explosion, Fire and Fatalities at West Delta Block 32 Platform E
BSEE 2013-01 Boom Hoist Wire Rope Line Failure Results in Fatality, High Island Area Block A557, Platform “A”, Lease OCS-G 03484, 16 August 2011, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region
BSEE 2012-104   Investigation of H2S Gas Release Platform Hidalgo, OCS-P 0450 Pacific OCS Region
BSEE 2012-01 Investigation of Fatal Fall, West Cameron Block 643, Platform A, Lease OCS-G 02241, 18 April 2011, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region
MMS 2010-025 Investigation of Fatality, Green Canyon Block 304, Well No. 1, OCS-G28066, 03 September 2009, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast.
MMS 2009-042 Investigation of Fatality from Falling Load Main Pass Block 30, Well No. A-14 ST01 OCS-G 4903, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast.
MMS 2009-028 Investigation of Fatality South Pass Area, South and East Additions, Block 90 Pipeline Right-of-Way OCS-G 26857, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast.
MMS 2009-027 Investigation of Pollution Incident, Area 6B, Block 5165, Platform A, Lease OCS-P 0241, Pacific Region, December 7, 2008
MMS 2009-018 Investigation of Fatal Fall from Rig Pollution Pan, Galveston Area Block 151, Well No. 6, OCS-G 15740, 28 January 2008, Gulf of Mexico Off the Texas Coast
MMS 2009-008 Investigation of Fatal Accident North Padre Island Block 969, Platform JA, OCS-G 5953, 19 January 2008, Gulf of Mexico Off the Texas Coast.
MMS 2008-056 Investigation of Pipeline Leak, Pipeline Segment No. 4582, Main Pass Area Block 288, 23 June 2007, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2008-054 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, South Pelto Block 10, Well No. 10, OCS-G02925, 14 February 2008, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast..
MMS 2008-053 Investigation of Blowout, Main Pass Block 91 Platform A, OCS-G14576, August 23, 2007, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast.
MMS 2008-049 Investigation of Blowout Eugene Island, Block 28 Well No. 4, OCS-G 05479, December 03, 2007, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast.
MMS 2008-038 Investigation of High Island Pipeline System Rupture Pipeline Segment No. 4879, Pipeline Right-of-way OCS-G 5150, Galveston Area Block A-5, 24 December 2006, Gulf of Mexico Off the Texas Coast
MMS 2008-016 Investigation of Fatal Accident, V-Door Guide Post Failure, Chandeleur Block 31, Well No. 1, OCS-G 27214, July 18, 2006, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2007-058 Investigation of Fatality, West Cameron Block 240, OCS-G 27008, December 1, 2006, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2007-045 Investigation of Fatal Accident Lift Boat-Coil Tubing P&A, Main Pass Block 98, Well No. 3, OCS-G 5694, August 12, 2005, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2007-037 Investigation of Fatality and Loss of Well Control High Island Block A466, Well No. B-11, OCS-G 03242, February 20, 2006, Gulf of Mexico off the Texas Coast
MMS 2006-070 Investigation of Fatality, Grand Isle Block 37, Platform Z, OCS 00392, February 28, 2006, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2006-058 Investigation of Riser Disconnect and Spill, Green Canyon Block 652, OCS-G 21810, July 5, 2005, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2006-047 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, South Timbalier Block 230, Well A-7, OCS-G 27169, 30 November 2005, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2006-039 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, South Timbalier Block 135, Well No. 6, OCS 0462, December 1, 2005, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2006-021 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, Eugene Island Block 205, Well No. D-5, OCS 0805, May 28, 2005, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2006-002 Investigation of Fatal Accident, South Pelto Block 15, Well No. 4, OCS-G 09652, January 26, 2005, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2005-027 Investigation of Equipment Failure, Green Canyon Block 242, Well No. 1, OCS-G 21788, September 5, 2004, Gulf of Mexico
Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2005-017 Investigation of Loss of Well Control and Oil Spill, Platform Gail, Channel Islands, Block 4661, Lease OCS-P 0205, November 18, 2004
MMS 2005-007   Investigation of Loss of Well Control, Eugene Island Block 277, Well A-3 BP, OCS-G 10744, February 9, 2004, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2004-078 Investigation of Fatal Accident, West Cameron Block 424, Well No. 1, OCS-G 24745, April 7, 2004, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2004-075  Investigation of Loss of Well Control, East Cameron Block 23, OCS-G 02853, February 17, 2004, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2004-048 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, Eugene Island Block 107, Well B-1 Workover, OCS-G 15241, March 8, 2003, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2004-046 Investigation of Fatality, South Marsh Island Block 130, OCS-G 02280, December 6, 2003, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2004-010 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, South Timbalier Block 188, Well CA-3, OCS-G 1899, April 22, 2003, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2004-004 Investigation of Fall and Fatality, High Island Block A-368, OCS-G 02433, June 5, 2003, Gulf of Mexico Off the Texas Coast
MMS 2003-068 Investigation of Loss of Control, Grand Isle Block 90, Well C-7ST, OCS-G 4003, November 14, 2002, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2002-OCSP300 Investigation of Riser Leak, Platform Elly, OCS-P 0300, Pacific Region, September 13, 2002
MMS 2003-046   Investigation of Flash Explosion and Injuries, South Timbalier Block 151, Production Platform, OCS 00463, June 15, 2002, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2003-023 Investigation of Blowout and Fire, Grand Isle Block 93, Well C-4ST, OCS-G 2628, August 8, 2002, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2002-080   Investigation of Blowout, High Island Block A-368, OCS-G 2433, May 9, 2001, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Texas Coast
MMS 2002-076   Investigation of Fatal Rental Crane Support Brace Failure, Main Pass Block 255 "A" Platform, OCS-G 07825, May 5, 2002, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2002-075  Investigation of Fatal Fall Through "V" Door, South Pass Block 62, OCS-G 01294, June 15, 2002, Gulf of Mexico Off the Louisiana Coast
MMS 2002-062  Investigation of Blowout, Injuries, and Fatality, Brazos Block 417, OCS-G 22190, Well 1, July 13, 2001, Gulf of Mexico off the Texas Coast.
MMS 2002-059  Investigation of Fatality, Pipe Rack Finger Failure and Fall, South Marsh Island Block 93, OCS-G 21618, October 13, 2001
MMS 2002-040  Investigation of Loss of Well Control, Eugene Island Block 277, July 6, 2001
MMS 2001-084 Investigation of Blowout and Fire, Eugene Island Block 284, OCS-G 0991 Well A-13, March 1, 2001
MMS 2001-045  Investigation of Fatality, Mississippi Canyon Block 167, OCS-G 08801, September 8, 2000
MMS 2001-042 Investigation of Fall and Fatality, Main Pass Block 140, May 19, 2000
MMS 2001-010 Investigation of Crane Accident and Injury, South Timbalier Block 185, OCS-G 1529, March 21, 2000
MMS 2001-009 Investigation of Blowout and Fire, Ship Shoal Block 354, OCS-G 15312 Well A-2, September 9, 1999
MMS 2001-005 Investigation of Riser Disconnect and Blowout, Mississippi Canyon Block 538, OCS-G 16614 Well #2, February 28, 2000
MMS 2000-089 Investigation of Fall and Fatality, Mississippi Canyon Block 109, August 16, 2000
MMS 2000-084 Investigation of Drillship Draw Works Failure, Atwater Valley Block 116, OCS-G 13206, October 22, 1999
MMS 2000-048 Investigation of H2S Gas Release, Platform Hermosa, OCS-P 0316, Pacific Region, August 3, 1999
MMS 2000-029 Investigation of Fire and Fatality, East Cameron Block 60, April 9, 1999
MMS 99-0067  Investigation of Fire, Fatality, and Injuries, Eugene Island Block 108, December 23, 1998
MMS 99-0053 Investigation of Chevron Pipe Line Company Pipeline Leak, South Pass Block 38, September 29, 1998
MMS 99-0027 Investigation of Rig Collapse Accident, Fatalities, and Injuries, Main Pass Block 153, July 17, 1998
MMS 99-0021 Investigation of Blowout and Fire, East Cameron Block 328, April 1, 1997
MMS 99-0009 Investigation of Casing Blowdown Accident and Fatality, West Cameron Block 331, December 24, 1997
MMS 98-0041 Investigation of Rig Accident and Fatality, Grand Isle Block 19, September 24, 1996
MMS 98-0012  Investigation of Blowout and Fire, Eugene Island Block 380, Lease OCS-G 2327, January 24, 1996
MMS 97-0034  Investigation of Top Drive Accident and Fatality, East Cameron Block 332, Lease OCS-G 9478, June 4, 1996
MMS 97-0031 Investigation of Shell Offshore Inc., Hobbit Pipeline Leak, Ship Shoal Block 281, November 16, 1994
MMS 96-0069 Investigation of Pig Launcher Explosion, Main Pass Block 41, Lease OCS 0374, August 24, 1995
MMS 96-0054  Investigation of Explosion and Fire, Platform A, Mustang Island Block 831, Lease OCS-G 3043, November 20, 1994
MMS 96-0038  Investigation of Hydrocarbon Spill, West Cameron Block 198, Lease OCS-G 3264, December 14, 1995
MMS 95-0041  Investigation of Loss of Well Control, Well B-2, South Marsh Island Block 90, Lease OCS-G 8684, March 15, 1994
MMS 94-0024 Investigation of Loss of Well Control, Well No. 24, South Pass Block 60, Lease OCS-G 1608, December 26, 1992 (March 1994)
MMS 93-0039 Investigation of 30-inch Pipeline Rupture and Fire, Trunkline Gas Company, in Ship Shoal Block 90, off the Louisiana Coast (July 1993)
MMS 92-0070 Investigation of Gas Well Blowout, Brazos Area Block A-23, May 30, 1990, Gulf of Mexico offshore Texas (December 1992)
MMS 92-0069 Investigation of January 1989 Blowout and Fire, Well No. 11, Sulphur Lease OCS-G 9372, Main Pass Block 299, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast (November 1992)
MMS 92-0067 Investigation of October 13, 1991, Elf Exploration, Inc., Oil Spill, Lease OCS-G 9637, South Timbalier Block 38, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast (November 1992)
MMS 91-0066 Investigation of the Exxon Company U.S.A. Pipeline Leak, Eugene Island Block 314, May 6, 1990, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast (November 1991)
MMS 91-0026 Investigation of February 15, 1989, Sandefer Offshore Operating Company Oil Spill, Lease OCS-G 5558, Ship Shoal Block 202, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast (April 1991)
MMS 91-0025 Investigation of Shell Offshore Inc. Hobbit Pipeline Leak, Ship Shoal Block 281, January 24, 1990, Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Louisiana (March 1991)
MMS 90-0016 Investigation of March 19, 1989, Fire, South Pass Block 60 Platform B, Lease OCS-G 1608, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region (April 1990)
MMS 89-0102 Investigation of Amoco Pipeline Company High Island Pipeline System Leak, Galveston Block A-2, February 7, 1988, Gulf of Mexico off the Texas Coast (June 1990)
MMS 89-0072 Investigation of Fire, September 1988, Lease OCS-G 1633, Main Pass Block 133, Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana Coast (February 1989)
MMS 89-0019 Investigation of Blowout, Lease OCS-G 7871, Viosca Knoll Block 32, December 17, 1987, Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (April 1989)
MMS 88-0007 Investigation of November 10, 1986, Blowout and Fire, OCS Lease 0244, West Cameron Block 71, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast (April 1988)
MMS 88-0004 Investigation of May 1987 Fire, Lease OCS-G 2937, West Delta Block 109, Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana Coast (February 1988)
MMS 87-0114 Investigation of Shell Pipe Line Corporation Pipeline Leak, South Pass Block 65, December 30, 1986, Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana Coast (December 1987)
MMS 87-0075 Investigation of October 27-28, 1985, Structural Failures: Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company Platforms: Outer Continental Shelf Lease 0605, South Timbalier Block 86, & Outer Continental Shelf Lease 0073, South Pelto Block 19; Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana Coast (November 1991)
MMS 86-0101 Investigation of September 1984 Blowout and Fire, Lease OCS-G 5893, Green Canyon Block 69, Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana Coast (October 1986)
MMS 86-0100 Investigation of the December 1985 Blowout and Fire, Lease OCS-G 4268, West Cameron Block 648, Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana Coast (October 1986)
MMS 86-0006 Investigation of January 6, 1984, Flash Fire, Ship Shoal Block 269, Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana Coast (February 1986)
MMS 85-0099 Investigation of August 1984 Fire, Lease OCS-G 2254, East Cameron Block 322, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast (November 1985)
MMS 85-0054 Investigation of May 1984 Explosion and Fire, Lease OCS-G 3280, West Cameron Block 405, Gulf of Mexico, Off the Louisiana Coast (July 1985)
MMS 85-0050 Investigation of October 20-27, 1983, Blowout, Eugene Island Block 10, Lease OCS-G 2892, Gulf of Mexico (1985)
MMS 84-0040 Investigation of July 20, 1983, Blowout, Matagorda Island Block 657, Lease OCS-G-4139, Gulf of Mexico (May 1985)
The Requirements for Incident Reporting

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...nts/Reporting/

Incidents on the OCS involve everyday operations and duties. An unsafe act or condition may cause a worker to lose his or her life or be seriously injured. Unsafe acts or conditions may also result in spills or other incidents that have the potential to affect the environment. The Bureau uses the results of incident investigations and data analysis to identify incident causes and trends. Appropriate actions are then identified to prevent the recurrence of these incidents and to enhance safety and environmental protection on the OCS. These actions may include publishing Safety Alerts, initiating technical research, developing new/revised regulations or standards, changing inspection strategies, holding safety workshops, etc. Incident data is also used to calculate performance indicators.

On April 17, 2006, the Bureau published a Final Rule (FR 19640) that revised the agency’s incident reporting requirements. The new Incident Reporting Rule more clearly defines which incidents must be reported, broadens the scope to include incidents that have the potential to be serious, and requires the reporting of standard information for both oral and written reports. This will result in more consistent incident reporting and the collection of more reliable incident information. Prevention of future undesirable incidents on the OCS is a paramount goal of both industry and the Bureau. Timely and accurate information will help us attain that goal.

This webpage is designed to answer questions that the industry or others may have about the new incident reporting requirements. We hope the information below is useful. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:

District and Regional Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Incidents
The Requirements for Incident Reporting

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...nts/Reporting/

Incidents on the OCS involve everyday operations and duties. An unsafe act or condition may cause a worker to lose his or her life or be seriously injured. Unsafe acts or conditions may also result in spills or other incidents that have the potential to affect the environment. The Bureau uses the results of incident investigations and data analysis to identify incident causes and trends. Appropriate actions are then identified to prevent the recurrence of these incidents and to enhance safety and environmental protection on the OCS. These actions may include publishing Safety Alerts, initiating technical research, developing new/revised regulations or standards, changing inspection strategies, holding safety workshops, etc. Incident data is also used to calculate performance indicators.

On April 17, 2006, the Bureau published a Final Rule (FR 19640) that revised the agency’s incident reporting requirements. The new Incident Reporting Rule more clearly defines which incidents must be reported, broadens the scope to include incidents that have the potential to be serious, and requires the reporting of standard information for both oral and written reports. This will result in more consistent incident reporting and the collection of more reliable incident information. Prevention of future undesirable incidents on the OCS is a paramount goal of both industry and the Bureau. Timely and accurate information will help us attain that goal.

This webpage is designed to answer questions that the industry or others may have about the new incident reporting requirements. We hope the information below is useful. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:

District and Regional Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Incidents

Taylor Energy/Mississippi Canyon 20 (MC20) Oil Discharge

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Inspection-and-E...Oil-Discharge/

Joint DOI-USCG Statement:

T​he Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement ​(BSEE) ​has notified Taylor Energy that funds provided by Taylor Energy in accordance with the Trust Agreement in 2008 must remain in the Trust to provide for further decommissioning activities. Federal regulations and the 2008 Trust Agreement require that Taylor Energy decommission all of the wells at the site.

The U.S. Coast Guard, as the Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC) under a Unified Command (UC) which includes the BSEE, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Responsible Party, Taylor Energy, continues to monitor and respond to discharges from Taylor Energy's Mississippi Canyon 20A (MC-20A) well site resulting from damage to the oil production platform and 25 connected wells during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.  The multi-agency effort will continue its work to prevent and control the discharge, improve the effectiveness of containment around the leaking oil, and mitigate environmental impacts.

The Coast Guard, as the FOSC, facilitates UC meetings with Taylor Energy and federal inter-agency representatives, including BSEE and BOEM, to ensure an effective response posture is being maintained at the field level.  The UC’s collaborative efforts have resulted in the removal of the platform deck, removal of subsea debris, decommissioning of the oil pipeline, and intervention of nine of the 25 impacted wells.​​ Taylor Energy, as the responsible party, has a continuing legal obligation and responsibility to pay for oil spill recovery and response costs under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.


Taylor Energy Oil Discharge at MC 20 Site and Ongoing Response Efforts

Taylor Energy U.S. Coast Guard Fact Sheet

Exploration & Production

Production

http://www.bsee.gov/Exploration-and-...duction/index/

Pursuant to OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1351) and 30 CFR 250.204, a development and production plan and its supporting information must be submitted for approval before an operator may begin development or production activities. Development and production plans as defined by 30 CFR 250.204(d)(1) are not required for leases in the CPA and WPA. Instead, to ensure conformance with the OCSLA, other laws, applicable regulations, and lease provisions and to enable BSEE to carry out its functions and responsibilities, the operator must prepare and submit to BSEE a Development Operations Coordination Document (DOCD) and, as required, supporting environmental information, archaeological report, biological report (monitoring and/or live-bottom survey), or other environmental data determined necessary before any development and production activity is conducted on a lease in the Western Gulf. A DOCD shall be considered a development and production plan for the purpose of any references in any law, regulation, lease provision, agreement, or other document referring to the preparation or submission of a plan. The plan describes a schedule of development activities, platforms, or other facilities including environmental monitoring features and other relevant information. Refer to Section I.B.3.d.(1)(a) for a discussion of plan revisions. The revised rule provides for submission of supporting information for BOEMRE and State CZM evaluation as outlined in 30 CFR 250.204(b) through (u). As with EP's, BOEMRE can require modification of a plan based on inadequate or inaccurate supporting information.

After receiving a DOCD, BSEE prepares either a CER, EA, and/or EIS as discussed in Section I.B.3.d.(1)(a) above. As part of the review process, the DOCD and supporting environmental information, as required, are sent to the affected State(s) having an approved CZM plan for consistency certification review and determination. The OCSLA (43 U.S.C. 1345(a)) provides for coordination and consultation with the affected State and local governments concerning a development plan. The guidelines and environmental information requirements for lessees and operators submitting a DOCD are addressed in NTL 86-09 and are discussed further in Section I.B.3.d.(1)(e). On the basis of the CER, EA, or EIS findings and the plan completeness review, the plan would be approved or disapproved, or modification of the plan would be required of the operator.

After plan approval, the operator submits for approval specific applications to BSEE, such as those for pipelines and platforms, to conduct activities described in the plan.

Decommissioning Offshore Platforms

http://www.bsee.gov/Technology-and-R...commissioning/

 

SAFETY AT ALL LEVELS...AT ALL TIMES

 

When a company signs a lease for offshore oil or gas exploration or production, Right-of-Way or Right-of-Use-and-Easement, that initial agreement includes the process of “decommissioning” the well, that is, safely plugging the hole in the earth’s crust, and disposing of the equipment used to support the production. This process is critical for environmental protection after a well is drilled, utilized for production, then plugged and sealed when the well is exhausted, in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). 
Decommissioning regulation authority for BSEE began with 43 U.S. Code 1334 and 30 CFR 250, Subpart Q, Decommissioning Activities. These provide deeper detail regarding regulations for sealing the well, to protect the environment and people using the waters around it. 

Approximately 2,996 active production platforms exist on the OCS with more than 40% of these facilities more than 25 years old. (Platforms are facilities which facilitate the extraction and processing of oil and natural gas, different from drilling rigs which “drill” a well to discover hydrocarbons and bring them to the surface for processing). Over the past decade, the offshore energy industry has averaged 130 platform removals per year.

Idle IronPlatforms generally consist of two parts for decommissioning purposes: the topside (the structure visible above the waterline) and the substructure (the parts between the surface and the seabed, or mudline). In most cases the topsides that contain the operational components are taken to shore for recycling or re-use. The substructure is generally severed 15 feet below the mudline, then removed and brought to shore to sell as scrap for recycling or refurbished for installation at another location. 

The Regional Supervisor may grant a departure from the requirement to remove a structure by approving partial structure removal or toppling in place for conversion to an artificial reef if the operator meets the requirements of the National Artificial Reef Plan as permitted by several U.S. Federal agencies. State government agencies are responsible for managing marine fisheries resources programs.

As a result of successful initiatives to provide new habitat for marine life, ships and platforms which have reached the end of their useful life are sunk in pre-approved places to create artificial reefs. Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has overall responsibility for the program, working with many other state and federal agencies, including BSEE.

Statistics
  • As of May 31, 2013, there are approximately 2900 production platforms on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Production platforms are the structures located offshore from which oil and natural gas are produced. Unlike drilling rigs, which typically move from location to location, production facilities remain in the same location throughout a project's duration. 
     
  • As of June 11, 2013, BSEE data indicates that there are 356 platforms which fit the criteria of idle iron. In addition, there are currently 273 platforms on expired or terminated leases.
    • Of the 629 platforms eligible for decommissioning, 478 are located in water depths less than 100 feet
    • Of the 629 platforms, 145 are located in water depths from 100 to 500 feet
    • Of the 629 platforms, 5 are located in water depths 500 to 5,000 feet
    • Of the 629 platforms, 1 are located in water depths greater than 5,000 feet

See Spreadsheet

Structures Removal Permit Applications As of: May 31, 2013
Final Disposition Total 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Scrapping/Shore 2204 125 191 144 118 164 124 176 237 184 290 330 121
Reuse 76 1 4 2 2 1 19 16 4 4 0 15 8

Rigs-to-Reefs

321 3 23 8 21 20 34 35 40 66 29 27 15

Total

2601 129 218 154 141 185 177 227 281 254 319 327 144

 

Structures Removed on the GOM OCS As of: May 31, 2013
Structure Type Total 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Caissons 795 43 74 101 41 48 58 59 79 57 111 99 25
Platforms 1037 61 70 64 66 45 82 74 125 145 146 148 11
Mobile Offshore Production Units 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mini-Tension Leg Platforms 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Well Protectors 250 18 24 29 17 16 16 19 25 19 28 38 1
Total 2086 122 169 194 124 110 157 153 229 221 285 285 37
Statistics For Platforms Converted to Artificial Reefs On The OCS
  • As of June 1, 2013, there are more than 500 Reef Sites approved on the Federal OCS. See below for a break-out for each Gulf of Mexico coastal state.
  • Texas Approved Reef Locations:
    • - General Reef Planning Area (contains 24 Reef Sites)
    • - Artificial Reef Planning Zones
    • 53 - Reef Sites
  • Louisiana Approved Reef Locations:
    • 9- Artificial Reef Planning Areas
    • 71- established offshore reefs broken down by type:
      • 45- Planning Area Reefs
      • 18- SARS ( there are 4 pending final establishment to bring the total to 22) Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS; Reef Sites outside of the Artificial Reef Planning Areas)
      • 8- Deepwater Reefs (Reef Sites in >400 feet outside of the Artificial Reef Planning Areas)
  • Mississippi Approved Reef Locations: 
    • 1- Artificial Reef Development Zone (makes up the entire OCS off of Mississippi out to the EEZ)
    • 12 - Reef Sites
  • Alabama Approved Reef Locations: 
    • - General Reef Planning Area
    • 134 - Charted Reef Sites
  • Florida Approved Reef Locations:
    • 7- General Reef Planning Area (contains 24 Reef Sites)
    • 211- Charted Reef Sites
Research

BSEE identifies decommissioning as the process of ending oil, gas or sulphur operations and returning the lease or pipeline right-of-way to a condition specified by regulatory requirements. BSEE works to ensure that obsolete structures and components are cleared from the site to prevent use conflicts.

Sea life habitat beneath platform structure

To avoid release of hydrocarbons to the environment, wells are plugged and cut below the mud line and pipelines removed or internally cleaned and prepared for decommissioning in place.

BSEE supports and encourages the reuse of obsolete offshore petroleum structures as artificial reefs in US waters as long as the structure does not pose an impediment to future mineral development and other OCS use. 
BSEE disseminates the results of research and development projects as widely as possible in publications through appropriate scientific and technical journals, technical reports, and public information documents, including this website. The intent is to make this information widely available to all interested parties and organizations. Such research is conducted via grants and contracts with universities and other agencies, as well as by BSEE experts.

 

Decommissioning Research Projects

See Spreadsheet

680 Cement Plug Testing: Weight vs. Pressure Testing to Assess Viability of a Wellbore Seal between Zones
679 Best Practices in Plugging Extended Reach and Ultra-Extended Reach Drilling Wells
653 Evaluation of the Use of Epoxy-based Materials in Well Decomissioning
648 Offshore Wind and Ocean Energy Installation Cost Estimation in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf
646 Engineering Cost Assessment for Decommissioning POCS Facilities
639 Decommissioning: Fixed and Floating Platform Removal and Disposition
600 A Review and Update of Supplemental Bonding Requirements in the Gulf of Mexico
570 Measurement of the Effect of Depth Below Mudline of Charge Placement During EROs
537 A Study of Underwater Gaseous Explosions
480 An Assessment of Safety, Risks and Costs Associated with Subsea Pipeline Removals
459 Comparative Risk Assessment of the Decommissioning Options for Large Platforms in the POCSR
429 Oil Platform Removal Using Engineered Charges: In Situ Comparison of Engineered and Bulk Explosive Charges
372 State of the Art of Removing Large Platforms Located in Deep Water
355 Using Satellite Radar Imagery to Detect Leaking Decommissioned Wells on the U.S. OCS
352 Assessment of Current Pipeline Flushing and Decommissioning Requirements - Research and Field Testing
329 Risk Assessment of Temporarily Evacuated or Shut-in Wells
270 Decommissioning of Oil and Gas Facilities Offshore California Workshop
267 Development, Testing and Evaluation of an Explosive Shock Wave Focusing Tool with Minimum Explosive Weight
234 Lease Abandonment: Technology, Environmental Effects and Regulation (Lease Abandonment Workshop)
232 Investigation of New Techniques for Decommissioning of Offshore Structures
118 Blast Effects Upon the Environment from the Removal of Platform Legs by Explosives
044 Environmental Effects of Wellhead Removal by Explosives
025 Overpressures Developed by Shaped Explosive Charges Used to Remove Wellheads

Technology & Research

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Technology-and-Research/index/

Technology Assessment Programs

Technology Assessment Program (TAP)

Oil Spill Response Research

Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR)

Ohmsett-National Oil Spill Response Research Facility

http://www.bsee.gov/Technology-and-R...Ohmsett/index/

BSEE is the principal federal agency funding offshore oil spill response research, and Ohmsett is key part of the Bureau's Oil Spill Response Research Program. Many of today's commercially available oil spill cleanup products have been tested at Ohmsett and a considerable body of performance data and information on mechanical response equipment has been obtained there. This information is used by response planners in reviewing and approving facility response and contingency plans.

BSEE contracts with companies to manage the Leonardo, N.J. facility, which is located at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Waterfront. The research and training facility centers around a 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank.

Ohmsett is the premier training site for oil spill response personnel. Government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy as well as private industry and oil spill response organizations train their emergency response personnel with real oil and their own full-scale equipment. Some of the testing activities for 2012 have included remote sensing tests, wave energy conversion device tests, skimmer and boom tests, dispersant tests, alternative fuel recovery tests, and industry oil spill response training classes.

More than twenty-four countries have conducted tests or training at the Ohmsett facility.

OSRR Ohmsett Projects

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Technology-and-R...ories/OHMSETT/

See Spreadsheet

Project No. Subject Performing Activity (Researcher)
1064 ASTM F2709-08 Testing of Skimmer Systems Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
1059 Characterizing Wave-Induced Mixing Energy in Ohmsett Wave Basin for Dispersant Effectiveness Testing Naval Research Lab
1045 Solidifying the Scientific Capabilities of Ohmsett - Wave Hydrodynamics New Jersey Institute of Technology
1044 Solidifying the Scientific Capabilities of Ohmsett - Effect of Ambient Chemical Levels New Jersey Institute of Technology
1031 Innovative Technology Enhancements for Measuring Test Parameters at Ohmsett MAR, Inc
1028 Acoustic Tool to Measure Oil Slick Thickness at Ohmsett Applied Research Associates Inc.
1027 Development of a ROV Deployed Video Analysis Tool for Rapid Measurement of Submerged Oil/Gas Leaks National Energy Technology Laboratory
1021 Evaluation of Oil in the Water Column Detection Systems US Coast Guard Research & Development Center
1014 Ice Month – Evaluation of Oil Recovery Systems in Ice Conditions at Ohmsett BSEE sponsored test, managed by MAR and SL Ross
1011 Evaluation of Feasibility of Conducting Subsea Dispersant Research at Ohmsett S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
668 Ohmsett Biofuels Feasibility Study SLRoss
647 Research on Improving Methods for Recovering Residues from In Situ Burning of Marine Oil Spills S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
638 Chemical Dispersant Research at Ohmsett: Phase 2 S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
636 Characteristics, Behavior and Response Effectiveness of Spilled Dielectric Insulating Oil in the Marine Environment Louisiana State University
617 Employing Chemical Herders to Improve Oil Spill Response Operation S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
615 Chemical Dispersant Research at Ohmsett S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
598 Upgrade of SMART Dispersant Effectiveness Monitoring Protocol S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
594 Development of a Portable Multispectral Aerial Sensor for Real-time Oil Spill Thickness Mapping in Coastal and Offshore Waters Ocean Imaging Corporation
590 Changes with Dispersant Effectiveness with Extended Exposure in Calm Seas S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and Alun Lewis Oil Spill Consultancy
589 Investigation of the Ability to Effectively Recover Oil Following Dispersant Application S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
568 Research at Ohmsett on the Effectiveness of Chemical Dispersants on Alaskan Oils in Cold Water S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
554 Mid-Scale Test Tank Research on Using Oil Herding Surfactants to Thicken Oil Slicks in Broken Ice S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
546 Chemical Dispersibility of OCS Crude Oils in Non-Breaking Waves, Part 1 Determining the Limiting Oil Viscosity for Dispersion in Non-Breaking

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

545 Calm Sea Application of Dispersants S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and Alun Lewis Oil Spill Consultancy
544 Real-time Detection of Oil Slick Thickness Patterns with a Portable Multispectral Sensor Ocean Imaging Corporation
542 Dispersant Effectiveness Testing on Realistic Emulsions at Ohmsett S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
528 Optimization of Oleophilic Skimmer Recovery University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
527 The Effect of Warming Viscous Oils Prior to Discharge on Dispersant Performance S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
526 Correlate Ohmsett Dispersant Tests with At Sea Trials; Supplemental Tests to Complete Test Matrix S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
516 Development of a Method to Produce Large Quantities of Realistic Water-In-Oil Emulsions for use in Evaluating Oil Spil S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
515 Wave Field Characterization at the Ohmsett Wave Test Basin Mar, Inc.; Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
514 Dispersant Effectiveness Testing on Heavy OCS Crude Oils at Ohmsett   
511 Tailored Polymeric Materials for Oil Spill Recovery in Marine Environments Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
507 Correlating Results of Ohmsett Dispersant Test with At-Sea Trials: Workshop to Coordinate Publications and Prioritize Follow-up Dispersant Studies at Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

486 Fate of Emulsion Breakers Used for Decanting

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

478 Development of a Standard Method for Measuring the Buoyancy-to-Weight Ratio for Oil Spill Containment Boom

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and MAR, Inc.

477 Correlating Results of Dispersants Effectiveness at Ohmsett with Identical At-Sea Trials: Effects of Oil Viscosity and Dispersant to Oil Ratio

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

476 Ohmsett 2003 Cold Water Dispersant Effectiveness Experiments

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

458 Process for the Removal of Spent Oil Spill Dispersants from Test Water at Ohmsett SAIC Canada
457 Effect of Oil Spill Containment Boom Characteristics on Boom Performance

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

456 Techniques to Remove Dissolved Dispersant from Ohmsett Basin Water

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

450 Dispersant Effectiveness Testing in Cold Water

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

428 Procedures for Reporting Tests of Oil Spill Containment Booms and Skimmers Environmental Consultant, Inc.
427 Dispersant Effectiveness Test Protocol Development for Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and MAR, Inc.

395 Extending Temporary Storage Capacity Offshore with Emulsion Breakers    
391 Fire Boom Testing at Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

375 Development of Dispersant Test Protocol at Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

347 Emulsions Formed at Sea and in Test Tanks Environment Canada
333 Field Experiments at the Ohmsett Facility, Especially for a Newly Designed Boom System The University of Miami
310 Mechanical Oil Recovery in Ice Infested Waters (MORICE) SINTEF Applied Chemistry
309 Development of an OHMSETT Activity Summary Report Marine Research Associates LLC
299 Estimation of Towing Forces on Oil Spill Containment Booms

S.L. Ross Environmental Research

298 Testing at Ohmsett to Determine Optimum Times to Decant to Temporary Storage Devices

S.L. Ross Environmental Research

289 Re-Engineering of a Stainless Steel Fireproof Boom for Using in Conjunction with Conventional Firebooms

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

247 Numerical Modeling of Oil Boom Behavior and Rapid Current Boom Development University of Rhode Island (URI)and University of New Hampshire (UNH)
240 Development of a Frequency Scanning Radiometer to Measure Oil Slick Thickness, Phase II USAF / MIT, Lincoln Laboratory
180 Testing and Evaluation of Sorbents SAIC-Canada
163 Preparing a Test Protocol for Offshore Oil Skimmers and Containment Booms Chapman, Inc.
155 Identification of Substitute Test Facilities for OHMSETT  Emergencies Engineering Division, Environment Canada
121 Water Jet Barrier Containment of Oil in the Presence of Broken Ice Emergencies Engineering Division, Environment Canada
109 Oil Spill Response Equipment Performance Verification Frank Weston and Associates

Technical Forums

Source: http://www.bsee.gov/Technology-and-R...-Forums/index/

The following PDFs are presentations offered by the BOP Forum that took place on May 22, 2012. During the forum, five separate panels discussed BOP monitoring, technology, testing and training, providing experts and federal decision makers the opportunity for free and open dialogue.

Panel 1:

Panel 2:

Panel 3:

Panel 4:

Panel 5:

International & Interagency Collaboration

BSEE International and Interagency Collaboration

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