Secretary Salazar Holds Press Conference
Last week, Department of Interior Secretary Salazar held a press conference to discuss, among other things, the Mineral Management Service’s plans for management of the Outer Continental Shelf. Earth2tech.com has a good summary here.
Salazar stated that he is committed to issuing the long awaited rules for authorizing alternative energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf and expects new rules to issue “in the coming months.” As OREC members are aware, OREC participated extensively in the rulemaking process since February 2006, filing lengthy comments on various MMS initiatives (see OREC Policy Statements here ). Presumably, the new regulations will resolve the ongoing jurisdictional dispute between MMS and FERC.