Regulator orders stand-down of 5 energy firms from offshore work

11/21/2013 | FuelFix.com

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has ordered Breton Energy, EP Energy, XTO Energy, Virgin Offshore USA and Matagorda Island Gas Operations to cease their offshore oil and natural gas operations after the companies failed to submit a required audit of their safety plans. Following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, the agency has required energy companies to develop "safety and environmental management systems" and submit audits of their plans by Nov. 15. "BSEE must be assured that companies are addressing the key elements of SEMS and that they are not needlessly putting their workers and the environment at risk," said BSEE Director Brian Salerno.

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