Noting confusion among offshore energy industry players, President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Randall Luthi requested that MMS issue further guidance on the parameters of the new offshore drilling moratorium. In his letter to the acting director of MMS, Robert Abbey, Luthi suggests that the agency should release new “guidance, possibly in the form of a Notice to Lessees,” as soon as possible. Luthi also says that if MMS pursues a formal rulemaking on the safety requirements for offshore E&P, interim guidance should be released to allow drilling during the rulemaking process.