INTERIM RULES ISSUED ON OCS SITE CLEARANCE PROCEDURES

The Minerals Management Service has issued interim rules for abandoned lease site clearance procedures in the Gulf of Mexico while it considers tougher regulations. MMS requires, upon termination of a lease, proper removal of all exploration/production objects installed on the lease and of debris to avoid conflict with other uses. However, MMS said, the shrimping industry has complained that some sites are not being properly cleared of debris and obstructions.

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