Current offshore designs can handle Arctic ice

APRIL 25, 2016 — Current offshore structural designs can successfully survive sea ice demands under extreme Arctic conditions, according to a research study carried out by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental

Industry cautious on well control final rule

APRIL 15, 2015 — Six years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has announced final well control regulations to reduce the risk of an offshore oil

BSEE investigates offshore platform fatality

MARCH 14, 2014 — The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said Friday that it was responding to a reported fatality on Platform A, Green Canyon Block 18 in the Gulf

BSEE inspectors keep sharp eye on Shell

AUGUST 7, 2015—Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) are keeping a sharp eye on Shell’s “top-hole” drilling operations being conducted off of Alaska in

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