Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and the MMS
Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and the MMS (in Deepwater, Gene Sparkman (prefacer))
Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK) (April 1999) 18 (4): 509-510
The western and central portions of the northern Gulf of Mexico constitute one of the world's major oil and gas producing areas and have provided a steady and reliable source of these resources for more than 50 years. The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) is mandated to manage the development of that country's OCS oil and gas resources, while also ensuring safe operations and protecting the human and natural environment. The level of Gulf of Mexico OCS deepwater activities, both drilling and production, has steadily increased, and the discoveries in the deepwater tracts have begun to stack up. Very high rates of production by prolific deepwater wells have convinced operators that the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is a sound investment, and the trend continues to show signs of increase.