FAQ: (MMS is the Sub-Agency under the Dept. of Interior - Mineral and Mining Servicces)
Q: How much oil do you really think is out there?
Q: Which areas are considered to be under the congressional ban?
A: The congressional ban currently encompasses all of the Outer Continental Shelf located along the west coast, east coast, most of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, and a portion of the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.
Q: How much energy does the Outer Continental Shelf provide our nation?
A: The Outer Continental Shelf currently provides about 27% of domestic oil production and about 15% of domestic natural gas production.Q: What is MMS doing to make companies produce on the leases they already have?
A: MMS encourages due diligence by establishing primary terms of leases that allow only the minimum length of time a company should need to explore a lease. At the end of the primary term, the lease must produce in paying quantities or the operator must conduct continuous operations in order to keep the lease in effect unless MMS grants an extension. If an extension is granted, the MMS monitors activity closely and ensures that approved milestones are met in a timely fashion.