Press Release Catalog 2008

  • 12/19/08 MMS Extends the Comment Period for Virginia Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sale 220 Call for Information and Notice of Intent   
  • 12/16/08 MMS Earns Highest Opinion from Independent Review Peer Review Examines Quality of Federal Audits 
  • 12/16/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – December 16, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan  
  • 12/03/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – December 03, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 11/26/08 MMS Completes Assessment of Destroyed and Damaged Facilities from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike   
  • 11/26/08 MMS Sponsors Scientific Workshop to Identify Research Needs Offshore Virginia
  • 11/24/08 MMS Underway with $3.7 Million Deepwater Coral Study 
  • 11/21/08 MMS Director Announces Personnel Actions: Against Employees Involved in RIK Investigation 
  • 11/20/08 MMS Responds to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision
  • 11/20/08 DOI News: Interior's Minerals Management Service Disburses Record $23.4 Billion in FY 2008: state Share from Energy Production Hits New High of $2.59 Billion
  • 11/19/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – November 19, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 11/12/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – November 12, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 11/12/08 MMS Initiates Oil and Gas Leasing Process for Offshore Virginia: Initial Information-Gathering Steps Begin for Proposed Sale 220 
  • 11/05/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – November 5, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 10/30/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 30, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/29/08 MMS Report Details Excavation of Historic shipwreck:Artifacts Yield Clues to Colonial Commerce in the Gulf of Mexico 
  • 10/29/08 MMS Announces Five Year Study of Environmental Mitigation Aimed at Reducing the Impacts of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Federal Oil and Gas Platforms Offshore Southern California Focus of Study
  • 10/29/08 Minerals Management Service Begins Comprehensive Study to Gather Information on Marine Environment along the West Coast of the United States: Study to Assist in Analyses of Future Activities in Federal Offshore Waters 
  • 10/29/08 MMS Deputy Director Named Recipient of PrestigiousPresidential Rank Award 
  • 10/28/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 28, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 10/27/08 MMS Nets Estimated $537 Million in Gulf of Mexico RIK Gas Sale 
  • 10/23/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 23, 2008: Minerals Management Service monitors activities for both storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan  
  • 10/21/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 21, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 10/16/08 Minerals Management Service Approves Alaska's CIAP Plan: Paves Way For Up to $80 Million in Funding
  • 10/16/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 16, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 10/14/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 14, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/10/08 MMS Inspection and Enforcement Actions Result in Sentencing of California Offshore Oil and Gas Operator 
  • 10/10/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 10, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/09/08 Onshore RIK Gas Sale Nets Four New Contracts: Gross Revenues Expected to Exceed $384 Million 
  • 10/09/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 9, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan  
  • 10/08/08 MMS Awards Study Contract for Offshore Alternative Energy: Study Looks at Energy Markets and Infrastructure Needs of Future Alternative Energy Development 
  • 10/08/08 Minerals Management Service to Study: Subsistence Activities in the North Aleutian Basin
  • 10/08/08 MMS Awards $5.5 Million to Study Gulf's Loop Current
  • 10/08/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 8, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/07/08 Minerals Management Service Updates Number of Offshore Facilities Impacted by Hurricane Ike: Confirmation of Destruction and Damage Reports from Offshore Operators Continues 
  • 10/07/08 MMS Regional Office to Stay in New Orleans: Sustaining Commitment to Offshore Energy Development 
  • 10/07/08 MMS Issues Proposed Notice of Central Gulf Lease Sale
  • 10/07/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 7, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/06/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 6, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/03/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 3, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 10/02/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 2, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 10/01/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – October 1, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/30/08 Minerals Management Service Releases Details of Drilling Rigs Destroyed from Hurricane Ike: Confirmation of Destruction and Damage Reports from Offshore Operators Continues
  • 09/30/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update September 30, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/29/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update September 29, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/26/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update September 26, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/25/08 Minerals Management Service Approves $8.5 Million Grant for Louisiana Shoreline Project: Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to receive Federal grant for Rockefeller Refuge Demonstration Project
  • 09/25/08 MMS Enters into an Interagency Agreement to Compile Avian Data for the Atlantic Coast
  • 09/25/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update September 25, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/24/08 Minerals Management Service Releases Updated Damage Assessments from Hurricane Ike: Offshore Damage From Hurricane Ike Is Assessed Through Oil and Gas Industry Reports 
  • 09/24/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update September 24, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/23/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update September 23, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/22/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 22, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/19/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 19, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/18/08 Minerals Management Service Updates Ike Damage Assessments: Offshore Damage from Hurricane Ike is Surveyed through MMS, Oil and Gas Industry and U.S. Coast Guard Over Flights 
  • 09/18/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 18, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/17/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 17, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/16/08 Minerals Management Service Reports on Ike Damage Assessments Offshore Damage from Hurricane Ike is Surveyed Through MMS, Oil and Gas Industry and U.S. Coast Guard Over Flights
  • 09/16/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 16, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/15/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 15, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/14/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 14, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/13/08 Minerals Management Service Monitors Two Drilling Rigs Adrift in Gulf of Mexico: Confirmed Reports of Two Offshore Drilling Units, MMS, Industry, and US Coast Guard are Monitoring their Paths
  • 09/13/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 13, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan  
  • 09/12/08 MMS Extends the Comment Period for Proposed New 5-Year Leasing Program (09/12/2008)
  • 09/12/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update – September 12, 2008: Minerals Management Service monitors activities for both storms through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/11/08 DOI News: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne Initiates Action Following Receipt of Inspector General Reports
  • 09/11/08 MMS Releases Preliminary Offshore Damage Reports from Hurricane Gustav: Collection of Preliminary Damage Reports Slows As Gulf Operators Prepare for Hurricane Ike 
  • 09/11/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update–September 11, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/10/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics UpdateSeptember 10, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/09/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics UpdateSeptember 9, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/08/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics UpdateSeptember 8, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms Through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 09/08/08 RIK Report Details $63 Million Gain: MMS Delivers FY 2007 Results to Congress 
  • 09/07/08 Hurricane Gustav/Hurricane Ike Activity Statistics Update–September 7, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities for Both Storms through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/06/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–September 6, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/05/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–September 5, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/04/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–September 4, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/03/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–September 3, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/02/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–September 2, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 09/01/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–September 1, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 08/31/08 Hurricane Gustav Activity Statistics Update–August 31, 2008: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities Through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 08/30/08 Tropical Storm Gustav Activity Statistics Update–August 30, 2008: Minerals Management Service monitors activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 08/29/08 Tropical Storm Gustav Activity Statistics Update–August 29, 2008: Minerals Management Service monitors activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan 
  • 08/28/08 Tropical Storm Gustav Activity Statistics Update: Minerals Management Service Activates its Continuity of Operations Plan to Monitor Activities
  • 08/21/08 Sperm Whales Reside in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
  • 08/20/08 Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 207 Attracts $487,297,676 in High Bids
  • 08/19/08 Bids Received for Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 
  • 08/18/08 Secretary Kempthorne to Open Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale This Wednesday 
  • 08/15/08 MMS Creates Email Account for Public Commenting 
  • 08/07/08 Tropical Storm Edouard Activity Statistics Update: Minerals Management Service Concludes Continuity of Operations Plan Activities
  • 08/06/08 Tropical Storm Edouard Activity Statistics Update: Minerals Management Service Activates its Continuity of Operations Plan to Monitor Activities 
  • 08/05/08 Tropical Storm Edouard Activity Statistics Update: Minerals Management Service Activates its Continuity of Operations Plan to Monitor Activities
  • 08/04/08 Tropical Storm Edouard Activity Statistics Update: Minerals Management Service Activates its Continuity of Operations Plan to Monitor Activities 
  • 08/04/08 Central Gulf of Mexico Sale 206 Nets $ 3.67 Billion in High Bids  
  • 08/01/08 Public Representatives Sought for Royalty Committee
  • 07/30/08 MMS Small Refiner Program to Continue: Determination Concludes Need Still Exists 
  • 07/30/08 DOI News: Interior Department Initiates New Five Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program for Outer Continental Shelf; Seeks Public Comment to Address Changed Energy Situation 
  • 07/28/08 MMS Holds Scoping Meetings in Bristol Bay for Proposed Lease Sale in North Aleutian Basin 
  • 07/28/08 MMS Extending Public Comment Period on Proposed Rule for the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006
  • 07/28/08 Minerals Management Service Awards $1.3 Million Grant to Louisiana for Coastal Restoration: Louisiana Receives Grant for Orleans Land Bridge Shoreline Protection and Marsh Creation Project
  • 07/24/08 Hurricane Dolly Activity Statistics Update 
  • 07/23/08 Hurricane Dolly Activity Statistics Update: Minerals Management Service Monitors Activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan
  • 07/23/08 MMS Moving Forward With Alternative Energy Leases on the Outer Continental Shelf
  • 07/22/08 Tropical Storm Dolly Activity Statistics Update: MMS Activates its Continuity of Operations Plan to Monitor Activities
  • 07/21/08 Tropical Storm Dolly Activity Statistics Update: MMS Activates its Continuity of Operations Plan to Monitor Activities 
  • 07/17/08 MMS Issues Final Notice of Western Gulf Lease Sale 207
  • 07/10/08 MMS Elevates Alternative Energy Office, Expands Authority: In Related Move, Offshore Program Renamed to Reflect New Energy Role
  • 07/09/08 MMS Gauges Interest in Exploring: Alaska's Cook Inlet and Shelikof Strait 
  • 07/08/08 MMS Proposes Offshore Alternative Energy and Alternate Use Regulations: Public Review and Comments Accepted Through September 8, 2008 
  • 06/30/08 DOI News:Interior Department Deputy Secretary Scarlett Announces Biotech Study: Research Analyzes Marine Organisms on Southern California Offshore Platforms 
  • 06/18/08 Minerals Management Service Publishes Open Access Rule:Provides Procedures for Offshore Pipeline Shippers Who Are Denied Access   
  • 06/09/08 Minerals Management Service Awards $18 Million Grant to Louisiana for Coastal Restoration 
  • 06/02/08 MMS Names New Associate Director for Minerals Revenue Management Program
  • 05/28/08 MMS Extends Evaluation Period for Central Gulf of Mexico Sale
  • 05/27/08 MMS Incorporates Revenue Sharing Rules: Establishes Rules for Providing Funds to Coastal States
  • 05/16/08 RIK Sale Gross Expected to Top $1.89 Billion: Four Companies Win Contracts for RIK Oil
  • 05/15/08 MMS Prepares for 2008 Hurricane Season: Focus on Security of Energy Production, Environmental Protection, and Personnel Safety
  • 05/05/08 Advances in Oil and Gas Leasing, Drilling and Production Continue in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico: Latest Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Report Presents 2007 Industry Highlights   
  • 04/30/08 MMS Makes Technical Correction to Alternative Energy Federal Register Notice: Revises Table and Extends Comment Period 
  • 04/29/08 Minerals Management Service Approves Development Plans for First Use of Floating Production Storage Offloading Facility in Gulf of Mexico: Cascade-Chinook Project Will Use FPSO in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
  • 04/28/08 MMS Announces Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Panel to Recommend Revisions to Indian Oil Valuation Rule  
  • 04/21/08 DOI News: Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne Presents Cooperative Conservation Award for Earth Day to the University of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute and the Minerals Management Service 
  • 04/21/08 MMS Issues Lease Form for Alternative Energy Resource Data Collection and Technology Testing Activities 
  • 04/17/08 MMS Takes Major Step Forward on Offshore Alternative Energy:Issues Notice to Determine Competitive Interest in Nominated Areas
  • 04/15/08 MMS Rule Enhances Hurricane Safety of Offshore Platforms: Design and Assessment Criteria Strengthened 
  • 04/10/08 MMS Honors Best in Industry!  
  • 04/08/08 MMS Evaluates North Aleutian Basin for OCS Lease Sale 
  • 04/01/08 MMS Reports Annual Civil Penalties Collections 
  • 03/27/08 MMS Honors Finalists in Annual Competition (03/27/2008)
  • 03/26/08 Amended Regulations Guide Production and Royalty Reporting: MMS Publishes Final Rule in Federal Register
  • 03/26/08 Four Companies Recognized for Prompt, Accurate Royalty Payments: MMS Names 2007 Stewardship Award Winners
  • 03/25/08 MMS Issues Proposed Notice of Western Gulf Lease Sale 207 
  • 03/24/08 RIK Gas Sales Expected to Gross $1 Billion: Ten Companies Awarded Contracts for Natural Gas 
  • 03/19/08 Oil and Gas Lease Sales in Gulf of Mexico Attract $3.7 Billion 
  • 03/18/08 Large Number of Bids Received for Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales (03/18/2008)
  • 03/17/08 Secretary Kempthorne to Open Historic Oil and Gas Lease Sale and Revenue Sharing Program with Gulf States
  • 03/13/08 MMS Honors Corporate Leadership: Awards to be Presented in Houston in April 2008
  • 03/11/08 MMS to Move Public Hearing on Cape Wind Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Boston Hearing Relocated to Clark Athletic Center
  • 03/05/08 MMS Extends Comment Period on Cape Wind Energy Project: Comments Due by April 21, 2008 
  • 03/04/08 MMS to Hold Public Hearings on Cape Wind Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Yarmouth, Nantucket, Oaks Bluff and Boston Hearings Set
  • 02/29/08 Central Gulf of Mexico Sale 205 Nets $ 2,829,926,881 in High Bids: Summary of Results
  • 02/13/08 Director's Message:Minerals Management Service: People for the Promotion of Energy, the Environment, and the Economy 
  • 02/13/08 MMS Issues Final Notices of Central and Eastern Gulf Lease Sales
  • 02/12/08 RIK Sale's Gross Expected to Top $362 Million:More Than 4.2 Million Barrels of Royalty Oil Sold 
  • 02/06/08 MMS Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 Breaks Energy Records With $2.6 Billion in High Bids: Record Number of Bids on Record Number of Tracts
  • 02/05/08 MMS Proposes Bonus or Royalty Credits for Relinquishing Eligible Leases: Certain Leases Offshore Florida Eligible for Credit Exchange for Use in Gulf of Mexico
  • 02/04/08 President Requests $307.1 Million for FY 2009 MMS Budget 
  • 02/01/08 Op Ed by MMS Director Randall Luthi: "The Bear Necessities" 
  • 01/22/08 MMS Announces Preliminary Nominations for Limited Alternative Energy Leases on the Outer Continental Shelf 
  • 01/16/08 MMS Seeking Comment on Small Refiner Program: Federal Register Notice Part of Program Analysis
  • 01/04/08 Jim Steward Named to MRM RIK Post 
  • 01/14/08 MMS Publishes Cape Wind Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Public Hearings Scheduled 
  • 01/10/08 MMS Issues Record of Decision on Offshore Alternative Energy and Alternate Use Program
  • 01/02/08 MMS Finalizes Chukchi Sea Lease Sale: Sale Scheduled for February 6, 2008