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Aired May 4, 2010 – 17:00   ET


(The show with Wolf Blitzer)

TODD: New concerns about the government agency that oversees the oil business. The minerals management service understated the amount of previous oil spills in the gulf and the potential impact from a spill. That’s according to a warning sent late last year from another government agency, NOAA.

It says when the Obama team asked for a risk assessment, MMS used outdated information on the frequency of oil spills. And failed to include more recent information from many sources, including a big increase in spills from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The head of one watchdog group says this —

DANIELLE BRIAN, PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT: What you’re seeing here is one of the agencies really doing their job and raising concerns and say, you know, as we’re looking at this offshore drilling, shouldn’t you be a little more concerned about the implications here if something went wrong and MMS essentially ignoring them.

( . . . )

BRIAN: We’ve really had problems with MMS for over a decade recognizing this is an agency that really thinks of the oil and gas industry as their partner or client rather than as an industry they should be regulating.

TODD: Despite several calls and e-mails from us, MMS did not respond to that. Records also show that before this accident, BP was confident it could handle this kind of spill.

In one document, the company said it has the capability to respond to a worst-case discharge, which it estimated then at 300,000 gallons a day. This well is leaking less than that amount. BP is struggling to contain it has been criticized by the federal government. I asked a BP spokeswoman if they’d overestimated their ability to respond.

MARTI POWERS, BP SPOKESWOMAN: What you’re seeing from the response capability, this is huge. This is not just BP. There are federal agencies, state agencies that are here with us. I think it speaks that — well that we are able to — to manage to get resources so quickly in these areas and really start a very proactive response effort.




Minerals Management Service

http://www.mms.gov/ »

The Minerals Management Service (MMS), a bureau within the Department of Interior, regulates and manages the development of energy and mineral resources in the Federal waters off the nation’s shores. MMS also collects, audits and distributes all energy and mineral revenues from these federal waters as well as from energy and mineral resources on both Federal and Indian lands.



My Note – And, from tonight’s AC360 – there was evidence that they found indicating that the MMS has been acting as an agency of the oil and mining industries rather than acting as agents representing the interests of the American people. (Among other things . . . )

There was also the story with “Brownie” FEMA Katrina guy from clips made last night and Bill Maher answering some of it. Two things I noticed in particular – one was Brownie saying that there is an intention to move away from a carbon based energy / fuels system to something else – among the other intentions he claimed are in existence.

And, the fact that Mr. Bill pointed out – from 1984 fuel efficiency of American cars was 20 miles per gallon and by 2004, it was 20.7 miles per gallon in fuel efficiency. Now, that is the truth. How did the automakers in America manage to do that so poorly?

What caught me by surprise in Mr. FEMA Brown’s statement is that in the way he said it – there was something very evidently undesirable about leaving a carbon based fuels system and going to something else. So, why is that a problem? And, where did he get the idea that it isn’t a good thing? Whose estimation of it is that?

I did all kinds of fun and wonderful things today like washing clothes and walking to the store which wasn’t as hard as walking back from the store. It is hot here during the day. When I saw the Shanghai World Expo reporters note that it was so hot and then say 85 degrees – it occurred to me that it is about 85 degrees here and it is – in the shade. It had to be at least 90 degrees in the sun and I chased the shady spots from the trees on the sidewalk all the way to the store. Mostly it isn’t shady though.

This evening I went through a number of the transcripts from April 26 on CNN from among the shows there to understand a little more about how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was considered at the time. Now that more is known about how much crude oil is pouring into the waters of the Gulf, I find it hard to believe it was allowed to get this far out of hand. Throughout the early a.m. hours as I’ve watched the occasional bloomberg story play about it – they are showing a reporter in front of one of those really expensive electronic blackboard looking gadgets. And, each time I see it – I want to write up there to the folks at bloomberg and tell them a couple things.

– cricketdiane

Oil Spewing into the Gulf of Mexico will not be magically fixed once the dome gets over one of the gushing oil leaks – if they get it over the oil leak without knocking the blow-out preventer off of it – and the oil slick is larger than the thick oil shown in solid green on the NOAA maps

There goes that man on bloomberg again right now about the oil spill – and there is a really large space contained within a single green line on the NOAA chart – I think that is the oil slick boundaries. That he stands there and tells the audience where the problem exists is simply in the solid green area indicating the thick oil – seems a bit out of whack.

And then, to say those birds in the picture are all fine because they aren’t standing in the thick crude oil yet – does this guy not understand that these birds eat fish?

– my note


Hmmm…. there’s more than what was clearly evident on the minerals management service page directly –

Doing a google search using the terms Minerals Management Service gives these several and their abbreviated name form – (OEMM), etc.

Offshore Energy and Minerals Management (OEMM) Program Home Page

The MMS is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the operator of the drilling MMS estimates of oil and gas resources in undiscovered fields on the OCS

Minerals Management Service – Gulf of Mexico Region Homepage

Welcome to the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region of the Minerals Management Service (MMS). MMS is a bureau of the Department of the

Mapping and Data

Minerals Revenue Management …

Topic Index

Rule change by federal regulators allowed BP to avoid drawing up blowout plan for Gulf rig

Associated Press
05/06/10 4:25 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS — Petrochemical giant BP didn’t file a plan to specifically handle a major oil spill from an uncontrolled blowout at its Deepwater Horizon project because the federal agency that regulates offshore rigs changed its rules two years ago to exempt certain projects in the central Gulf region, according to an Associated Press review of official records.

The Minerals Management Service, an arm of the Interior Department known for its cozy relationship with major oil companies, says it issued the rule relief because some of the industrywide mandates weren’t practical for all of the exploratory and production projects operating in the Gulf region.

( . . . )

Instead, a site-specific exploration plan filed by BP in February 2009 stated that it was “not required” to file “a scenario for a potential blowout” of the Deepwater well.

When questioned about the exemption claim, BP spokesman William Salvin said provisions for handling a blowout incident were actually included in the firm’s 582-page region oil spill plan, though he had difficulty pointing to specific passages.

He later maintained that the Deepwater location was not subject to the blowout scenario requirements because it triggered none of the conditions cited in the MMS’s April 2008 notice to operators about a loosening of the rules.

Still, Salvin insisted the company was prepared to handle a blowout and catastrophic spill at the project through provisions included in its regional plan.

“We have a plan that has sufficient detail in it to deal with a blowout,” Salvin said, while acknowledging that the ongoing crisis at the Deepwater site is “uncontrolled.”


The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not the first time MMS has been criticized as being too close to the oil industry.

In 2008, the Interior Department took disciplinary action against eight MMS employees who accepted lavish gifts, partied and — in some cases — had sex with employees from the energy companies they regulated. An investigation cited a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” involving employees in the agency’s Denver office.

MMS workers were given upgraded ethics training.

My Note – probably the same thing that is happening to the SEC employees that were using the SEC computers for porn. Yes, in both case – those people could not tell right from wrong . . . right.

_(cricketdiane note – the AP writers who created the article about it are – )__

Associated Press Writer Richard T. Pienciak reported from Atlanta; AP Writer Jay Reeves reported from Gulf Shores, Ala.


MMS Royalty in Kind Announcement

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior announced a transitional phasing out of the Royalty in Kind (RIK) Program on September 16, 2009.  As RIK oil and natural gas sales contracts expire, the oil and natural gas properties will revert to in-value status.  As a result of the announcement, the upcoming natural gas sales (Gulf of Mexico and Wyoming) previously advertised will not be conducted.

As this transitional phase-out occurs, royalty obligations will revert from being collected in-kind to being collected in-value.  Operators will be provided written notification of when these properties will be reverted.  Dear Operator letters for the properties to be reverted beginning November 1, 2009, are posted on our website at:  http://www.mrm.mms.gov/rikweb/RIKGasOperLts.htm

MMS will continue to post Dear Operator letters to our website and give prior written notification to operators on properties that will revert to in-value status as we phase out this program.

MMS thanks you for your support of and participation in the RIK Program. Please contact Pam Rieger at (303) 231-3020 for questions related to this notice.

Oil Sales Business Unit
This site lists historical sales and property information for the Unrestricted Crude Oil program, the Small Refiner program, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program (when active) in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific OCS.

Gas Sales Business Unit
This site lists historical sales and property information for RIK Natural Gas sales in the Gulf of Mexico, Wyoming, and the BLM Helium project in Texas.

This site explains how the RIK credit process works.

pdf Performance Measurement
This document describes how RIK measures and reports the performance of sales of crude oil and natural gas against what may be expected in the marketplace for other commercial activities.

RIK Studies and Reports
This site lists historical RIK reports and studies, including previous annual reports.

RIK Policy and Procedures
This site provides documents that give an overall description of the policies, processes and procedures used by the various RIK Offices to conduct their activities.

RIK Key Contacts/FAX/Mailing Addresses
This site provides RIK manager contacts, fax numbers, and overnight and regular mailing addresses.

Mailing Address: Overnight Delivery:
Minerals Management Service
Asset Sales and Accounting
P.O. Box 25165, MS 61120B
Denver, CO 80225-0165Fax Number:  303-231-3846
Minerals Management Service
Asset Sales and Accounting
6th & Kipling
Denver Federal Center, Building 85
MS 61120B
Denver, CO 80225

For questions: Contact David Denson, 281-987-6807 for credit; Kimbra Davis, 303-231-3514 for RIK oil; Pam Rieger, 303-231-3020 for RIK gas; or Judi Clark at 303-231-3537 for nominations, invoices, and production imbalances.


Took a quick sidetrack which yielded this from a google search for

gao oil petroleum minerals management services

– I was looking for the GAO report but I wanted to do it without having to use their onsite search engine – and I found this –


(from the Oil And Gas Journal)

GAO finds flaws in MMS Alaska unit’s NEPA review practices

Apr 9, 2010

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr. 9 — The lack of a comprehensive guidebook, combined with high staff turnover in recent years, potentially handicaps the US Minerals Management Service’s Alaska regional office’s efforts to develop to adequately develop federal environmental assessments, the US Government Accountability Office said.

“Although [US Department of the Interior] policy directs its agencies to prepare handbooks providing guidance on how to implement [the National Environmental Policy Act], MMS lacks such a guidance handbook,” it said in a report that was posted Apr. 7 on its web site.

The absence also has left unclear MMS’s policy on what constitutes a significant environmental impact, GAO said, adding, “Furthermore, guidance is also lacking for conducting and documenting NEPA-required analyses to address environmental and cultural sensitivities, which have often been the topic of litigation over Alaskan offshore oil and gas development.”

The report noted that in addition to being sued, MMS has been subjected to allegations by some of its former scientists that their work on environmental issues was suppressed or altered. “GAO also found that the Alaska OCS region shares information selectively,” it continued. “This practice is inconsistent with agency policy, which directs that information, including proprietary data from industry, be shared with all staff involved in environmental reviews.”

Alaska MMS employees have commented that this practice has hindered their ability to complete sound environmental analyses under NEPA, GAO said.

The report confirmed what many environmental and Alaska Native interests have been saying for years, according to Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League. “Good decision-making requires solid information, and that has been missing from the Alaska MMS decision-making for some time,” she said on Apr. 7. “Now it turns out that MMS intentionally kept key information from its own experts. This is outrageous.”


My Note –
I want to go over and look at these –
(from that list – and it may be that the other pages above about the Gulf of Mexico or offshore oil drilling specifically will have more information about how they have been trading on this nationally owned set of resources.)

Oil Sales Business Unit
This site lists historical sales and property information for the Unrestricted Crude Oil program, the Small Refiner program, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program (when active) in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific OCS.

RIK Studies and Reports
This site lists historical RIK reports and studies, including previous annual reports.

RIK Policy and Procedures
This site provides documents that give an overall description of the policies, processes and procedures used by the various RIK Offices to conduct their activities.

My Note –

I clicked on the RIK Policy and Procedures link (above) and then noticing the two pdf’s on the page with the policies on them and I’m tired – so I clicked on the left sidebar button “Financial Management” which yielded this –


from a Royalty In Kind Oil and Gas Leases (maybe mining leases too, going to have to check that.)

which is a good “follow the money” plan first of all –

US Department of the Interior,

Minerals Management Service

FM — Who We Are

Financial Management Branches and Responsibilities

The Financial Management (FM) Division Chief is Robert Prael.
The FM Staff Accountant is Katherine Martinez.
The FM Division consists of four branches:
Accounting Services (AS) – Manager, Paul Knueven
Financial Services (FS) – Manager, Hans Meingast
Production Accounting and Verification Services (PAVS) – Manager, Louise Williams
Reporting Services (RS) – Manager, Lorraine Corona
Accounting Services
Processes all rents, royalties and bonuses paid to MRM for Federal or Indian mineral leases (currently >$11 billion per year)
Maintains the general ledger for MRM (assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses)
Manages investment portfolios in excess of $1.1 billion in value
Prepares, reconciles, verifies and transmits all required financial reports to Treasury and to the Department of the Interior
Distributes revenues in accordance with Federal law (to States, Counties, other Federal agencies, and BIA – for Indian Tribes and individual Indian allottees)
Provides Explanation of Payment data to all recipients
Prepares daily deposit reconciliations for the monies deposited with Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians
Financial Services
Ensures that industry reporters follow Federal laws, regulations, and lease terms in their financial reporting to the MRM
Bills for late payment interest on Federal, Indian, Solid Mineral, and Geothermal leases
Bills for insufficient estimates on Federal, Indian, Solid Mineral, and Geothermal leases
Bills for over-recoupments on Indian Leases
Bills for rental, minimum royalty, deferred bonus, rights-of-way and other financial term exceptions
Pays interest for overpayments on Federal leases
Prepares manual bills for civil penalty, diligent exploration expense, and other miscellaneous collections/billing actions (debt collection)
Serves as a customer service focal point for customers to answer any financial questions (bill questions, database questions, and payment questions)
Provides both formal and informal training to industry
Production Accounting and Verification Services
Establishes and maintains well/FMP reference database, including error correction
Provides formal and one-on-one training to industry reporters
Receives and processes production reports
Verifies corroborative reports to production reports and source documents
Coordinates with BLM and OEMM on surface management issues
Manages electronic reporting activities
Reporting Services
Establishes and maintains the reference database, including error correction
Conducts data mining activities including adjustment line monitoring and volume comparisons
Provides both formal and informal training to industry reporters
Receives and processes royalty reports
Coordinates with BLM and OMM on surface management issues
Manages electronic reporting activities



GAO’s report also said Birnbaum should take appropriate steps to ensure that MMS’s Alaska OCS region follows the policy for sharing or otherwise making information, including that which it considers proprietary, available to all staff members involved in the information’s technical or environmental review.

Implementing recommendations
An MMS spokesman said the agency is taking steps to implement GAO’s recommendations. “The frontier areas offshore Alaska need additional exploration and scientific, environmental, and spill risk analysis before additional areas are offered for leasing,” he told OGJ Apr. 9 via e-mail. “It is therefore extremely important that the MMS’s Alaska region staff have comprehensive [NEPA] guidance and that information is readily available and shared as necessary to ensure our analyses and reviews are complete.”

GAO prepared the report in response to a request by US Rep. Norman D. Dicks (D-Wash.), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Dicks asked the service to review issues surrounding oil and gas development in the North Aleutian basin, which US Interior Ken Salazar subsequently removed from the administration’s proposed 2012-17 OCS schedule. The report addresses issues and offers recommendations about other Alaska OCS areas too, the MMS spokesman said.

The report recommended that Salazar direct MMS Director S. Elizabeth Birnbaum set a deadline for issuing a comprehensive NEPA handbook with guidance on how to implement the law, and periodically update and revise the information. “Such guidance should detail procedures for conducting and documenting NEPA-required analyses, including how determinations of significance are to be made and how scientific findings are to be reviewed,” it said.

Responding to a draft of the report on Mar. 1, Wilma A. Lewis, assistant US Interior secretary for land and minerals management, said that MMS plans to issue comprehensive NEPA guidance to headquarters and regional employees by Dec. 31.



My Note –

The ship left port with the dome to stick over the blow-out preventer and whatever other contraptions they have on the oil gushers that are leaking in the Gulf Coast areas. The ship was shown on CNN leaving about dusk thirty today and is expected to have it installed by the weekend (over the next couple days.) There are areas of thick oil that are expected to be brought up close and burned off again using their controlled burn plan.

And, who knows what it will look like by the time all that is finished filling the air and waters with crud. I’m going to continue work on this tomorrow. I want to be awake in time to see the results of the UK election today at whatever time is their 10 pm plus however long it takes for them to guesstimate how the votes tally.

So, until tomorrow and maybe they will have made all the toxic chemicals, spewing oil, thick crude oil, pretty rainbow colored nasty oil slick and black petroleum clouds of smoke all magically disappear into the ludicrous rhetoric as usual.

Sunday – US Interior Ken Salazar, on Fox News said that more than 30,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the Gulf of Mexico’s waters.

The oil slick on April 26 was reported to be 60 miles wide – what is it now?


Other MMS Topic Indices and Site Maps

MMS Site Map:

Blue Bullet 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
Blue Bullet 5-Year Leasing Program (Overview/Home Page)
Blue Bullet Advisory Committees – Home Page
Blue Bullet Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region – Home Page
Blue Bullet Alternative Energy Programs
Blue Bullet Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region – Home Page
Blue Bullet Congressional Affairs Office
Blue Bullet Congressional Testimony of MMS and DOI officials
Blue Bullet Contact Us
Blue Bullet Deepwater Environmental Information
Blue Bullet Deepwater Exploration and Development
Blue Bullet Director’s Page
Blue Bullet Environmental Compliance – legal requirements, policies and procedures.
Blue Bullet Environmental Studies – Reading Room
Blue Bullet Environmental Research
Blue Bullet Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and How to Obtain Information Under the FOIA
Blue Bullet Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region – Home Page
Blue Bullet Herndon Elementary School – MMS Partnership School
Blue Bullet Information on MMS Offshore activities and procedures. Publications, production data and
statistical information, forms. etc.
Blue Bullet Information Quality Guidelines
Blue Bullet International Activities
Blue Bullet Job Opportunities in MMS and Jobs Vacancies in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region
Blue Bullet Kids Pages and Educational Resources
Blue Bullet Kids’ Pages (Headquarters)
Green Bullet Alaska Kids Corner
Green Bullet Gulf of Mexico Educational Resources – Lagniappe
Green Bullet Pacific Region Kids, Teachers, and Education, Pacific Kids Playground
Green Bullet Stacey Visits an Offshore Oil Rig
Blue Bullet Lease Information and Leasing Program
Blue Bullet Legal and Regulatory References
Blue Bullet Links to Related Sites and Minerals Revenue Management’s Links to Related Sites
Blue Bullet Manuals on MMS and DOI policies, procedures, and responsibilities
Blue Bullet Maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) Data
Blue Bullet Minerals Revenue Management (MRM) – Home Page
Blue Bullet Miscellaneous MMS Information
Blue Bullet MMS Library and Reading Room
Blue Bullet MMS Milestones
Blue Bullet MMS Ocean Science
Blue Bullet MRM Federal Register – Notices, Information Collections, Proposed and Final Rules
Blue Bullet MRM Valuation Guidance – Product Valuation
Blue Bullet Navigation Tips
Blue Bullet Newsroom
Blue Bullet News Releases: Headquarters, Alaska Region, Gulf of Mexico Region, Pacific Region,
Minerals Revenue Management, Other News links
Blue Bullet Offshore Energy and Minerals Management (OEMM) Program – Home Page
Blue Bullet Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program
Blue Bullet Offshore programs, activities, and related information, Overview
Blue Bullet Offshore Publications
Blue Bullet Oil Valuation
Blue Bullet Operations, Oil and Gas development from exploration to decommissioning.
Blue Bullet Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) – Definition, Description, and Maps
Blue Bullet Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region – Home Page
Blue Bullet Partnerships
Blue Bullet Press Releases
Green Bullet National
Green Bullet Alaska Region
Green Bullet Gulf of Mexico Region
Green Bullet Pacific Region
Green Bullet Mineral Revenue Management
Blue Bullet Privacy Act and Disclaimers
Blue Bullet Products and Services
Blue Bullet Publications (Newsroom)
Blue Bullet Publications, Offshore – available publications (online & paper copies)
Blue Bullet Regulations – including rules being developed, public participation, and compliance requirements.
Blue Bullet Reporting Information – Dear Payor/Reporter Letters – reporting revenue to MMS
Blue Bullet Resources of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Blue Bullet Royalties and Revenues – Reading Room
Blue Bullet Royalty Relief
Blue Bullet Safety and Oil Spill Research
Blue Bullet Sand and Gravel Program – development of marine mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf
Blue Bullet Scientific and Technical – Reading Room
Blue Bullet Special Projects of the Offshore Energy and Minerals Management
Blue Bullet Statistics – Mineral Commodities & Revenue Statistics
Blue Bullet Stats and Facts – Technical Information about MMS Offshore Activities
Blue Bullet Strategic Planning – MMS Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plans, and Annual Performance Reports
Blue Bullet Sustainable Development of Offshore Mineral Resources
Blue Bullet Studies and Reports of the Minerals Revenue Management
Blue Bullet Tribal Services – MMS MRM Office of Indian Royalty Assistance; Who We Are

For problems or to suggest other topics or pages to be included, please email OEMM Web Team.




Gulf of Mexico Region

Land & Water Conservation

Offshore Minerals Management




Information Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics
EnviroFACTS – Single point access to U.S. EPA environmental data
Federal Register
FedLaw – Center for Regulatory Effectiveness
Fedstats – One stop shopping for Federal statistics
Federal Citizen Information Center – National Contact Center
Library of Congress
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of the National Ombudsman – Small Business Administration
Regulations – Your one stop site to comment on Federal regulations
Statistical Abstract of the United States
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Government Printing Office
United States Code

The Executive Branch

The White House

Council on Environmental Quality
National Environmental Policy Act Net

Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Oceanographic Data Center
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
National Geophysical Data Center

Department of Energy

Energy Information Administration
National Petroleum Council

Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Reclamation
Fish and Wildlife Service
Minerals Management Service
Alaska Region
Alaska Region Native Links, Traditional Knowledge
Gulf of Mexico Region
Coastal Marine Institutes
Pacific Region
Ohmsett – National Oil Response Test Facility
Offshore Technology Research Center
Sustainable Development Link Page
National Park Service
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Historic Preservation Fund
Office of Surface Mining
United States Geologic Survey

Department of Transportation

Office of Pipeline Safety
Research and Special Programs Administration

Other Executive Branch Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Department of Homeland Security

United States Coast Guard
Naval Oceanographic Office
Occupational Safety & Health Administration


Alaska Oceans Observing System
Alaska Resources Library and Information Services
Alaska Science Center
Arctic Athabaskan Council
Arctic Centre
Arctic Community-wide Hydrologic Analysis and Monitoring Program
Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines
Arctic Institute of North America
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Arctic Research Consortium
Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Data Coordination Center (ADCC)
Barents Euro Arctic Council
Barrow Arctic Science Consortium
British Columbia Offshore Oil and Gas Team
Bureau of Mines and Petroleum Greenland
Canadian Arctic Resources Committee
Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
Chamber of Mines of South Africa
Environment Canada
Eskimo Walrus Commission
Freezing Ground
Geographic Information Network of Alaska
Geological Survey of Canada
Government of Northwest Territories
Gwich’in Council International
Institute of the North
International Arctic Research Center (UAF)
International Arctic Science Committee
International Association for Energy Economics
International Energy Agency
International Maritime Organization
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Inuit Circumpolar Conference
Mining Technology
Ministry of Environment Norway
National Petroleum Reserve Alaska
NOAA Arctic Page
Nordic Council
Northern Forum
Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Norwegian Pollution Control Authority
Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway)
Russian Government
Russian Ministry of Natural Resources
State of Alaska
Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
United Nations Home Page
Law of the Sea
World Meteorological Organization
United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive
United Nations Environmental Program-Arctic
United States Arctic Research Commission
United States International Polar Year

State Natural Resource & Environmental Agencies/Commissions

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Western Governors’ Association


Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Alabama Geological Survey
Delaware Geological Survey
New Jersey Geological Survey
Maryland Geological Survey
North Carolina Geological Survey


California Coastal Commission
California Energy Commission
California Environmental Protection Agency
California Resources Agency
California Ocean Resources Management Program
California State Lands Commission

Gulf of Mexico

Florida Geological Survey
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
Geological Survey of Alabama
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Office of Mineral Resources
Railroad Commission of Texas
Texas General Land Office Home Page

Professional Associations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
American Chemical Society
American Fisheries Society
American Geophysical Union
Association of American State Geologists
Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies
Geological Society of America
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
The Society for Marine Mammalogy

Non-Governmental Organizations

American Association of Professional Landmen
American Petroleum Institute
American Society of Limnology & Oceanography
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Environmental Defense Fund
Greenpeace International
Gulf Safety Committee
Heinz Center
Independent Petroleum Association of America
International Association of Drilling Contractors
Louisiana Independent Oil & Gas Association
The Maritime Home Page (Books and resources for boaters, professional mariners, marine educators, marine spill response, oil exploration & transportation, and for those interested in the oceans.)
National Audubon Society
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Native American Rights Fund
Offshore Oil Scouts Association
Offshore Operators Committee (OOC)
Public Interest Research Groups
Resources for the Future
Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
United States Power Squadrons
Western States Petroleum Association

Information Resources

Oil and Gas

Catalog of Crude Oil and Oil Product Properties
Offshore Technology
Oil Survey
Petroleum Industry Data Exchange
Petroleum Technology Transfer Council

Natural Resources, Earth Science, and Offshore Environments

Natural Resources Internet Resources
National Science Foundation
Committee for the National Institute for the Environment
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Ocean Drilling Program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
WhaleNet at Wheelock College
Whales on the Net

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From the above list under the category –

Natural Resources, Earth Science, and Offshore Environments

Ocean Drilling Program


Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A & M University, 1000 Discovery Drive, College Station, TX  77845  USA  (979) 845-2673

ODP Final Technical Report (PDF; 47 Mb; November 2007)

Related web sites:
ODP Legacy: www.odplegacy.org
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP): www.iodp.org
IODP U.S. Implementing Organization (IODP-USIO): www.iodp-usio.org

The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and 22 international partners (JOIDES) to conduct basic research into the history of the ocean basins and the overall nature of the crust beneath the ocean floor using the scientific drill ship JOIDES Resolution. Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. (JOI), a group of 18 U.S. institutions, was the Program Manager. Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences was the Science Operator. Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory provided Logging Services and administered the Site Survey Data Bank.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these documents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, the participating agencies, Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc., Texas A&M University, or Texas A&M Research Foundation.



My Note –

I will continue later today – (this afternoon)

And for the record – If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and talks like a duck – its a cat in a duck suit . . . (that’s what I’ve always said.)

– cricketdiane


(or a duck in a cat suit – there’s just no telling.)

– that’s the real world for you. And, it is why it is good to have a sense of humor and a real good sense of adventure and curiosity.