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.