Former US Coast Guardsman Brian Salerno To Succeed Jim Watson as BSEE Director [Sea Technology]
(Sea Technology Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Secretary of the U.S. Interior Sally Jewell today named former Vice Admiral Brian Salerno as the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which provides federal oversight for oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. Salerno, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard last year as its deputy commandant for operations, was to assume his new position on August 26.
Salerno will serve as the third director in BSEE's history, following the departure of Jim Watson at the end of August.
At the Coast Guard, Salerno worked predominantly in maritime safety, security, environmental protection and emergency response. He played an important role in the Coast Guard's response to Deepwater Horizon, and has served as incident commander for responses to several largescale transportation accidents, oil spills and hurricanes.
Salerno was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Ocean Studies Board that explored industry and government readiness to respond to oil spills in the Arctic Ocean. He is a board member of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association.
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