In an interesting and advantageous development for both nations, last week MMS signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Norweigian Petroleum Directorate ("NPD"). The non-binding MOU will help the American and Norwegian counterparts share scientific and technical information and promote cooperative exploration and production strategies. Commenting on the MOU, MMS Acting Director Walter Cruickshank stated “I am confident this information exchange will enhance our efforts to develop the Outer Continental Shelf resources in a safe and responsible manner, as well as strengthen our and Norway’s practices and procedures.~