• North of the Arctic Circle
    Six miles north of Alaska’s Arctic coast, the 5-acre man-made island juts out from the Beaufort Sea amidst the sprawling Arctic.
  • Ohmsett Panoramic
    Oil spill response equipment testing at the Ohmsett facility. This photo depicts the Ohmsett staff measuring the oil recovery rate for an oleophilic drum skimmer when placed in a 1/2 inch thick oil slick on the water.
  • Bolt and Connector Failures
    Critical connector and bolt failures are a growing concern offshore.
  • OCS Production
    BSEE's responsibilities include assessments of emerging or improved technologies, inspection and regulation of offshore facilities, and collaboration with industry to improve oil and gas recovery and ensure accurate production measurement.

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Explore What We Do and Why We Do It

We work to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement

Protecting the Environment

Protecting the Environment

We ensure that offshore energy operations comply with applicable environmental regulations

Overseeing Industry

Overseeing Industry

We develop and enforce standards and regulations to enhance operational safety and environmental protection

Driving Innovation

Driving Innovation

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From the Newsroom

Drone Over Emulsion
February 8, 2017

NEW ORLEANS - Federal responses to environmental incidents rely on the latest research results, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE)...

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) signed four revised memorandums of agreement (MOAs) this week in order to improve regulatory collaboration related to the energy industry on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to a release of gas and condensate from a pipeline at West Cameron 165 in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 32 miles southwest of Cameron, Louisiana.
January 19, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S.

Annual Report - 2016

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View oil and gas activities from the past years, presents comparisons to previous years, and describes BSEE’s analysis of trends.



A Look Inside the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

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A Day in the Life of an Inspector

By Guy Hayes


The backbone of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is the inspector workforce. Like a non-commissioned officer in the military, these dedicated men and women set the standard and uphold the core values of the organization.

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On a helicopter to observe firsthand how inspectors operate offshore. Listening to inspectors on this trip  helped me see a connection between their work and the strategic plan.
December 13, 2016
Within days of starting my new job, I was given a major assignment. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, otherwise known as BSEE (and pronounced Bessie), was...

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