Administration Appoints New Director Of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

2017-05-30T15:21:27+00:00 May 30, 2017|
Platforms Ellen and Elly offshore near Long Beach, Calif in BSEE’s Pacific Region. Ellen (right) is a production platform connected by a walkway to Platform Elly (left), a processing platform for both Ellen and another platform, Eureka. (Credit: BSEE)

(Click to enlarge) Platforms Ellen and Elly offshore near Long Beach, Calif in BSEE’s Pacific Region. Ellen (right) is a production platform connected by a walkway to Platform Elly (left), a processing platform for both Ellen and another platform, Eureka. (Credit: BSEE)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke tapped former Louisiana state official Mr. Scott Angelle to run the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which is responsible for fostering safe and responsible energy production on the outer continental shelf. BSEE came into existence in 2011 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Mr. Angelle will be only the fourth director in its short history.

“I welcome the opportunity to serve President Trump and Secretary Zinke, and work with BSEE staff to meet the critical goal of energy dominance for our country,” stated Mr. Angelle. “It is an exciting and challenging time for BSEE; I look forward to leading our efforts to empower the offshore oil and gas industry while ensuring safe and environmentally responsible operations.”

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke praised Mr. Angelle, who brings a range of experience to the role, including serving as Louisiana’s Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, Chairman of the Louisiana State Mineral Board, and Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. “As we set our path towards energy dominance,” Secretary Zinke declared, “I am confident that Scott has the expertise, vision, and the leadership necessary to effectively enhance our program, and to promote the safe and environmentally responsible exploration, development, and production of our country’s offshore oil and gas resources.” Since his position is not subject to Senate confirmation, Mr. Angelle began working in his new role the day after Monday’s announcement.