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Gulf Oil Spill Prompts NEPA Review of Minerals Management Service

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The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to review the Mineral Management Service's (MMS's) compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). MMS is the federal agency within DOI responsible for approving oil and gas exploration and development on the outer continental shelf (OCS). This article summarizes MMS's current approach to NEPA and explains the scope and purpose of the review.

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  • Ron Bass

    Senior FellowICF International

    Ronald Bass has participated in environmental and planning studies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and state planning laws. He is coauthor of The CEQA DESKBOOK: A Step-by-Step Approach to the California Environmental Quality Act and The NEPA Book: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.

    A member of the editorial board of California Environmental Law Reporter, he writes articles about legislation, regulations, and court decisions. Mr. Bass has served as president of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association, California chapter, from which he received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

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Published: Aug 6, 2010
Source: ICF International

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