The agenda for November 21 will cover the following principal subjects:
Hard Minerals Subcommittee Update.This presentation will provide an update on subcommittee activities and other pertinent hard minerals information.
Coastal Erosion/Restoration—Louisiana's Perspective.This presentation will address the State of Louisiana's coastal situation, with emphasis on adverse impacts caused by offshore operations and on restoration efforts. It will also address the socioeconomic effects in coastal communities (i.e., Port Fourchon, Morgan City, and Abbeville).
Mercury Update.This panel discussion will provide an update on relevant MMS activities since the May 2002 Policy Committee meeting. It will include an overview of the activities of the Interagency Working Group on Methylmercury; a brief description of findings from a recent offshore Gulf of Mexico platform sampling activity; and a report from the Scientific Subcommittee on Mercury.
Benthic Communities Studies.This presentation will address the results of MMS's $5.33 million deepwater benthos study.
Ocean Commission.This presentation will provide a brief update on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy's activities since May 2002.
Archeological Finds in the Gulf.This presentation will address recent discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico that have generated international acclaim. The MMS, through its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act, requires operators to conduct remote sensing surveys to avoid potential targets which may be historically significant.
Education and Outreach.This presentation will provide the Committee with an update on the Education and Outreach Subcommittee's activities since May 2002. It will also address Eric Smith's work with risk perception, factors that shape public opinion regarding energy extraction, and any other pertinent information that could assist the Subcommittee in working towards a report for the full Committee's review.
MMS Regional Updates.The Regional Directors will highlight activities off the California and Alaska coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.
The meeting is open to the public. Approximately 100 visitors can be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Upon request, interested parties may make oral or written presentations to the OCS Policy Committee. Such requests should be made no later than November 13, 2002, to Jeryne Bryant. Requests to make oral statements should be accompanied by a summary of the statement to be made. Please seeFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTsection for address and telephone number.
Minutes of the OCS Policy Committee meeting will be available for public inspection and copying at the MMS in Herndon, Virginia.
Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 1, and the Office of Management and Budget's Circular No. A-63, Revised.
Dated: October 28, 2002.
Thomas A. Readinger,
Associate Director for Offshore Minerals Management.