Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MMS gets a new name and director

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar swore in Michael R. Bromwich as the US Minerals Management Service’s new director on June 21. Bromwich pledged to move quickly and responsibly on reforms at the agency, which Salazar renamed in a secretarial order as it is reorganized.

MMS is now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement. It can be called the Bureau of Ocean Energy, or BOE, for short.

“The BP oil spill has underscored the need for stronger oversight of offshore oil and gas operations, more tools and resources for aggressive enforcement, and a more effective structure for the agency that holds companies accountable,” Bromwich said after he was sworn in.

He’s working with Wilma A. Lewis, assistant Interior secretary for land and minerals; Rhea S. Suh, assistant Interior secretary for policy management and budget, and Chris Henderson, a senior advisor, on implementing the agency’s restructuring which Salazar outlined on May 19.

The federal offshore resources management agency will become three separate entities (the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Natural Resource Revenue) in an attempt to eliminate conflicting missions and policies.


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