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OCS Plans and Information Final rule; Delay of Effective Date

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is delaying the effective date of the rule amending 30 CFR Parts 250 and 282 published at 70 FR 51478, August 30, 2005 (see our September, 2005 newsletter for more information). This rule regulates plans and information that lessees and operators must submit in connection with oil and gas exploration, development and production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This delay is necessary because of damage in the New Orleans area caused by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding. This temporary delay will provide relief to the government and the oil and gas industry as they recover from this disaster. The effective date of the rule amendment is now January 1, 2006. This rule was originally intended to become effective September 29, 2005.