FERC Battles MMS Over Offshore Jurisdiction

Law360, New York (March 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As entrepreneurs look to develop new forms of offshore renewable energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of the Interior have bickered over who should oversee the projects.

On one side, the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service says the Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives it the authority to grant leases and easements for all renewable energy projects in federal waters.

FERC, meanwhile, says the Federal Water Power Act of 1920 gives it the authority to license all water-powered energy projects in...
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