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MMS Solicits Comment on OCS 5-Year Plan Actions
The U.S. Minerals Management Service is responsible for leasing oil and gas rights in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. To perform this duty, MMS develops 5-year plans governing OCS oil and gas leasing. A court recently ordered to reconsider its most recent Plan with regard to some environmental issues. On March 31, 2010, MMS announced that it had completed its review and published its new Plan.

MMS has also requested public comment on various actions related to its new 5-year Plan. These actions are described below. They all affect marine mammals.

    1) Notice of Intent To Prepare and Scope an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017, comment to MMS due June 30, 2010,

    2) Reopening of Comment Period and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Future Industry G&G Activity on the Mid- and South Atlantic OCS, comments to MMS due may 12, 2010,

    3) Preliminary Revised 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2007-2012, Comments to MMS due May3, 2010,

    4) Preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 216 in the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area (2011), comments due to MMS on May 5, 2010,

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