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MMS Will Consider Climate Change in its Environmental Impact Statements for Oil and Gas Leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf
On January 21, 2009, the United States Minerals Management Service solicited public comment on its Draft Proposed 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015. This proposed OCS leasing program would succeed the current leasing program that is currently set to expire on June 30, 2012. The OCS areas affected are the Alaska Region, the Pacific Region, the Gulf of Mexico Region, and the Atlantic OCS.

MMS will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for its new 5-year OCS leasing program. In its January 21st notice, MMS explains that its EIS will assess climate change effects from OCS oil and gas activities:

    On January 21, 2009, the United States Minerals Management Service solicited public comment on its Draft Proposed 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015. This proposed OCS leasing program would succeed the current leasing program that is currently set to expire on June 30, 2012. The OCS areas affected are the Alaska Region, the Pacific Region, the Gulf of Mexico Region, and the Atlantic OCS. MMS will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for its new 5-year OCS leasing program. In its January 21st notice, MMS explains that its EIS will assess climate change effects from OCS oil and gas activities:
MMS "will consider comments for the purposes of determining the scope of the EIS we plan to prepare." MMS will accept written comments until March 23, 2009.
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