BSEE conducts unannounced spill response exercise in Gulf of Mexico

Photography courtesy Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) preparedness analysts and engineers conducted a virtual Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) in the Gulf of Mexico Region on Dec. 1, according to a BSEE press release. GIUEs test an operator’s ability to timely employ its Incident Management Team and execute its oil spill response plan.

“BSEE plans and executes these no-notice exercises to witness and evaluate an oil spill response plan holder’s ability to employ public and private equipment, resources, and staff to respond to a hypothetical oil spill,” says Eric Miller, chief of the BSEE Oil Spill Preparedness Division. “GIUEs are a critical tool for BSEE to gauge current response plans and capabilities.”

The exercise required the operator, Empire Midstream LLC, to respond to a simulated oil spill from one of its pipelines traversing through block 110 of the Grand Isle area, about 60 miles off the Louisiana Gulf coast. Read the entire story.