BSEE, DoE to coordinate offshore oil and gas research

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Fossil Energy and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have agreed to coordinate efforts on offshore research and technology improvement to “ensure safe, sustainable offshore production of oil and natural gas.”

The collaborate will support three primary objectives: building safety through technological improvements; supporting research and development for offshore operations; and working to support implementation of recommendations arising from investigations and studies into the Macondo incident.

“This … formalizes the interaction between our two agencies, and will help ensure that research and development executed by the Department of Energy is directly relevant to BSEE’s regulatory challenges.” said DOE Assistant Secretary Christopher Smith.

“We will continue to prevent duplication and increase the effectiveness of our ability to create a regulatory environment that fosters the safe and responsible development of the Nation’s energy resources,” said then BSEE Director James Watson.


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