Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement

Since its establishment in 2011, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has been the lead federal agency charged with improving safety and ensuring environmental protection related to the offshore energy industry, primarily oil and natural gas, on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).  The Bureau vigorously regulates oversight of worker safety, emergency preparedness, environmental compliance, and conservation of resources.  Our year-round work schedule includes conducting thousands of announced and unannounced inspections, developing safer technologies, mandating that each operator establish and follow their Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS), and carrying out investigations when serious incidents do occur.