U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar has announced a reorganization of the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which had been in charge of offshore oil and gas drilling, into three distinct agencies. The agencies will be housed within the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the new name for MMS.
Under the reorganization, announced January 19, 2011, the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be responsible for managing the development of offshore resources, including leasing, environmental studies, resource evaluation, economic analyses, and renewable energy. The second agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), will enforce safety and environmental regulations, including permitting and research, inspections, oil spill response and training, and environmental compliance. The third agency, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), will be in charge of collecting royalties from federal offshore oil and gas leases. See DOI Press Release, January 19, 2011.