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MMS / USCG Incident Reporting Requirements Public Meeting

The Minerals Management Service and the US Coast Guard will hold a meeting on September 3, 2003, from 1 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at the MMS Gulf of Mexico Regional office (Room 111), 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123, to explain the Proposed Rule for Incident Reporting Requirements that was published on July 8, 2003 (68 FR 40585) and allow participants to ask questions. The goal of this proposed rule is to make the reporting requirements between the two agencies more consistent. The MMS and USCG are also developing an electronic reporting system to help eliminate duplicative reporting between the two agencies. There is no fee to attend the meeting and registration is not required.

The MMS and USCG encourage you to submit questions in advance and attend the meeting. Please submit pre-meeting written questions by mail or fax to Melinda Mayes at: Minerals Management Service, 381 Elden Street, MS 4022, Herndon, VA 20170, Fax number: (703) 787-1555. The MMS / USCG will consider your questions in preparing the presentations so they can focus on key topics. Questions must reach the MMS office by close of business on August 22, 2003. You may also pose questions during the question and answer session at the meeting.

The agencies have also extended the previous deadline of October 6, 2003, for submitting comments on the proposed rule to December 5, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melinda Mayes, MMS, Engineering and Operations Division, at (703) 787-1063 or Staci Atkins, MMS, Engineering and Operations Division, at (703) 787-1620.