MMS mulls over changes in OCS pipeline access rules

The US Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service last week solicited industry and others for advice as it considers amending offshore oil and gas pipeline access rules.Comments are due to MMS June 11. The agency also plans a series of public meetings over the next 30 days in Houston, Washington, DC, and New Orleans.Last October, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found that MMS, rather than the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has the authority to require data submittals for certain natural gas pipelines on the Outer Continental Shelf; the judges indicated MMS might be the most appropriate federal regulator for some offshore pipeline access issues.The FE...

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