BSEE puts tight controls on Shell’s Chukchi drilling

JULY 23, 2015 — Congressional opposition to Arctic drilling remains strong. Nonetheless the Obama administration continues to allow Shell’s Chukchi Sea drilling program to proceed — under a number of limitations. Among

Lied to BSEE, gets probation and community service

MAY 26, 2015 — Race Addington, 49, of Houston, TX, was sentenced May 20 for making false statements to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) inspectors in relation to the veracity

Feds face lawsuit on offshore fracking

JANUARY 12, 2015 — A conservation group has sued the federal government for failing to release public documents revealing the extent and risks of offshore fracking (hydraulic fractioning) in the Gulf of

One killed, three injured in GOM platform explosion

NOVEMBER 23, 2014—One person was killed and three others were injured as the result of an explosion during routine maintenance operations on the West Delta 105 E production platform 20 miles off

$1 million penalty in oil platform pollution case

OCTOBER 17, 2014 — Under a settlement agreement with the United States,  ATP Infrastructure Partners LP (ATP-IP) will pay a $1 million civil penalty and perform corrective measures to resolve claims by

USCG plans changes to casualty reporting requirements

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 — Law firm Blank Rome has issued an advisory on U.S. Coast Guard marine casualty reporting guidance and proposed reporting enhancements offshore. The  advisory notes that the Coast Guard

Another retired USCG admiral named to head BSEE

AUGUST 15, 2013 — When James Watson steps down as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the end of this month, he will be succeeded by another

Loss of well control on rig in U.S. Gulf

JULY 23, 2013—The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the loss of well control event aboard a Hercules jack-up rig in 154

Watson to quit BSEE to lead ABS Americas

JULY 9, 2013 —James A. Watson, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), is to join ABS as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas Division on September

Faulty bolts could sideline offshore drilling rigs

FEBRUARY 7, 2013—In a Safety Alert on January 29, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) directed the suspension of operations of offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico that