OCS LESSEES MAY BE GIVEN MORE LEEWAY

The U.S. Minerals Management Service is considering giving offshore operators more leeway in management of their safety and environmental protection programs. It is seeking comments on whether it should require Outer Continental Shelf lessees to implement safety and environmental management programs similar to those Norway and the U.K. allow in the North Sea. MMS said a 1989 task force found its OCS inspection and enforcement program was operating "effectively and efficiently" but might not be

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