MMS announced yesterday that it will collect new fees ranging from $2,000 - $6,000 per facility to recover the costs of offshore inspections, including safety and environmental inspections of offshore facilities and associated equipment. The fees will apply to inspections conduced on all bottom-founded structures and floating production facilities on the OCS in the Gulf of Mexico during FY 2010. Authority for these new fees comes from legislation signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 30, 2009, directing MMS to collect $10M for safety and compliance inspections in the Gulf of Mexico and certain areas offshore California.