Watching Government: Behind the BSEE safety alert

An Apr. 13 safety alert shows how the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is approaching its mission in its early days as a separate agency from the Department of the Interior. The alert contained recommendations based on its investigation of an Apr. 18, 2011, platform plugging and abandonment accident that killed a worker. It also contained recommendations to prevent the recurrence of such an incident, according to BSEE's Gulf of Mexico regional office in New Orleans. The incident occurred at 3:30 a.m. on the WC 643 "A" platform on West Cameron Block 643 as work was under way to plug and abandon the wells and decommission the platform, BSEE said in its investigati...

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