DOI Establishing Separate Entities To Carry Out MMS Functions

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Pursuant to the May 2010 Secretarial Order, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is establishing three separate and independent entities to carry out the functions once performed by the Minerals Management Service (MMS).

MMS was renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in 2010. In October 2010, the revenue collection arm of the former MMS became the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich announced the separation of the resource development and energy management functions of BOEMRE and the safety and enforcement functions of BOEMRE.

The new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be responsible for managing development of the nation's offshore resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way.

Functions will include leasing, plan administration, environmental studies, National Environmental Policy Act analysis, resource evaluation, economic analysis and the Renewable Energy Program.

The new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will enforce safety and environmental regulations. Functions will include all field operations, including permitting, research, inspections, offshore regulatory programs, oil-spill response, and newly formed training and environmental compliance functions.

The separation of BSEE and BOEM specifically separates resource management from safety oversight to allow permitting engineers and inspectors greater independence, more budgetary autonomy and clearer senior leadership focus.

The split will not be official until September. Bromwich will continue to be director of BOEMRE, Walter Cruickshank will serve as deputy director of what will be BOEM and Robert LaBelle will serve as deputy director of what will be BSEE.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of the Interior

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