MMS discussions not policyThank you for your recent reporting about MMS's Offshore Policy Committee Meeting (OGJ Online, Nov. 22, 2004). We are, however, concerned about the impression your article titled "MMS asks committee to consider potential of excluded OCS areas" may leave with readers.MMS did not encourage members of the committee to consider the possibility of expansion into the moratoria areas. It is the often-repeated policy of the Bush administration to respect all congressional moratoria and presidential withdrawals. Expansion into moratoria areas was a point of discussion brought up by a policy committee member and not the MMS. We rely on the committee members to provide ...

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