As you know from our earlier post, the MMS regulations for leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf which issued back in April will take effect on June 22, 2009. In anticipation of the regulation effective date, MMS is conducting a series of workshops to describe this new Regulatory Framework and to respond to questions. For more information about the workshops, visit the MMS Press Release here.
Last week, MMS kicked off its workshop series with a program at Department of Interior in Washington D.C. OREC’s two summer staffers, Alex Smith and Anthony Moliterno, attended the hearing and prepared this summary which has been uploaded. The summary describes the key features of the proposed regulation and also reports on the questions raised by other meeting participants. You can also view the MMS Power Point presented at the workshops here.