Federal Agency: West Indian Manatee Reclassification May Be Warranted

In response to a Dec. 2012 petition filed by the Pacifc Legal Foundation on behalf of Save Crystal River, Inc., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced that it is seeking comments by September 2 on its 90-day finding that substantial scientific or commercial information indicates that it may be warranted to reclassify… More »

Comments Sought on OCS Near Miss Reporting Information Collection

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has announced that it is seeking comments by Tuesday, September 2 on its intention to seek Office of Management and Budget approval of a new information collection on Voluntary Near Miss Reporting in Oil and Gas Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.  In 2013, BTS and BSEE announced… More »

BOEM Extends Two Notices to Gulf of Mexico Lessees and Operators

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued a Notice to Lessees and Operators of Gulf of Mexico OCS oil, gas, and sulphur leases extending NTL 2008-G04 (providing guidance on information requirements for exploration plans and development operations coordination documents) and 2008-G05 (describing the shallow hazards program) through Dec. 31, 2014. The two NTL’s… More »

Nominations Sought for Potential Marine Mammal Scientific Advisor Committee Vacancies

The U.S. Marine Mammal Commision (MMC) has announced that it is seeking nominations by Wednesday, July 30 for potential members of the MMC’s 9-member Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals (Committee) to assist filling future vacancies if and when they occur. The MMC must consult with the Committee on all studies and recommendations that… More »