HRC comments on MMS' proposed ruleSubmitted by Rupak Thapaliya on Wed, 2008-04-02 10:09
HRC commented on the final Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the Mineral Management Service (MMS) regarding establishment of a program for authorizing alternative energy and alternate use (AEAU) activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Energy Policy Act of 2005 granted authority to MMS through the DOI to regulate energy production activities in the outer continental shelf. Such activities include hydrokinetic projects such as the wave energy, and ocean current energy. HRC supports MMS’ adoption of the AEAU program, as recommended in the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in November 2007. The hydrokinetic projects in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) should be regulated through generally applicable procedures, standards, and requirements specified by rule, rather than case-by-case. However there are a number of questions that the EIS does not answer. Demanding that the proposed rule describe the procedures, standards, and requirements which MMS will apply for compliance with relevant laws applicable, HRC submitted comments to MMS yesterday. The submitted comment paper is attached below.