Oynes named MMS offshore program associate director

Chris Oynes, regional director of the US MMS, Gulf of Mexico OCS region, has been appointed associate director of the agency's offshore minerals management program.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 6 -- Chris Oynes, regional director of the US Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf region, has been appointed associate director of the agency's offshore minerals management program.

Oynes has more than 30 years of federal government experience in various capacities in energy matters, including 11 years in Washington, DC. Most notably, he served as chief of the lease sale planning branch and the leasing division.

Oynes has served as deputy regional director in the Gulf of Mexico for 7 years before being named regional director in 1995. In this position, Oynes managed the leasing of OCS lands off five Gulf Coast states for oil, gas, and other mineral development, and supervised the regulation of operations and protection of the environment on those leases, which involve more than 4,000 platforms.

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