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is National Energy Awareness Month. This year, as prices for oil and
natural gas rise steadily, the issue of searching for new sources of
energy is on virtually every American’s mind. MMS continues to work to
meet the Nation’s energy needs.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, the U.S. Department
of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service continues to
monitor the progress made by the oil and gas industry in returning to
normal levels of operation in the Gulf of Mexico. About 475,000
barrels of oil per day (BOPD) and about 1.8 billion cubic feet of gas
per day (BCFPD) remain shut-in. Based on preliminary information
supplied by operators, perhaps as much as 150,000 BOPD and 1.0 BCF/D
of the shut-in production may be back on line by the end of October.
For the longer term, about 96% of the normal daily GOM production,
which is approximately 1.7 million BOPD and approximately 12.3 BCFPD
of gas, should be back on line within 6 months.
The Minerals Management Service and the U.S. Coast
Guard have signed a revised agreement that details how the two
agencies will work together to regulate the oil and gas activities on
the Outer Continental Shelf to keep pace with a changing industry.
Increasing interest in building liquefied natural gas platforms and
additional security requirements created under the Maritime
Transportation Security Act of 2002, are among the factors that
prompted the revised MOU.
that you are stranded on a desert island less than 100 miles
from shore. You write a message, stuff it into a bottle, and
toss it into the ocean. Do you know what the chances are that
a floating message in a bottle will be found? They’re not bad
-- you actually have about a 50% chance that the bottle will
be carried by the ocean to land. The ocean is a constantly
moving force that influences our global climate, provides
routes for ships, and creates fascinating challenges and
movements that we are just beginning to understand.