Offshore Energy Agency Announces Formal Split

Law360, New York (January 19, 2011, 3:00 PM EST) -- The offshore energy regulatory agency formerly known as the U.S. Minerals Management Service will split into a resource management unit and a safety and enforcement unit, U.S. Department of the Interior officials said Wednesday.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, MMS' stand-in since mid-2010, will complete its transition into two separate agencies by Oct. 1, according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich.

The move will complete the division of the former MMS into three separate agencies, announced...
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