BSEE Director Inquires on Potential Merits of Additional BOP Requirements

In a letter that responds to a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Investigation Report on a Gulf of Mexico loss of well control event and fire,  BSEE Director Brian Salerno has requested that the agency address items of immediate concern over the next 45 days and address more complex matters over the next 6… More »

Proposed Notices of Sale Issued for March 2016 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced its intention to open bidding for Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area Lease Sale 241 and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area Lease Sale 226 in New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, March 23.  Affected states can comment on the size, timing, and location of the… More »

NOAA Announces RESTORE Act Science Program Grant Award Winners

NOAA has announced that the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has completed its first funding competition and awarded $2.7 million to seven research teams led by the following entities: University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, NatureServe, University of Miami, and University of Southern Mississippi. The RESTORE Act… More »

BSEE Completes Ohmsett Test Tank Renovations

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently announced the agency’s recent completion of a 3-month renovation of its 2.6 million gallon outdoor concrete test tank at the Ohmsett oil spill response research test facility in Leonardo, NJ.  BSEE drains the test tank every five years in order to inspect the interior and… More »