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BP Oill Spill (BPOS) - Operative Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Regulatory Documents



The following regulatory documents* were in effect at the beginning (April 20, 2010) of the BP oil spill in the GOM.

MMS (BOEMRE) Related Documents
Post-BPOS, the Minerals Management Services (MMS) changed its name to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).

MMS (now BOEMRE) Approved (February 2009) Exploration Plan used by BP at time of Oil Spill in the GOM
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MMS Reference to Approval (April 15, 2009) for Categorical Exclusion Review (CER) for the BP Exploration Plan

MMS Approval of BP EP for OCS-G 32306, Block 252, Mississippi Canyon Area (April 6, 2009)

MMS Proposed GOM OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 206 Central Planning Area Environmental Assessment (October 2007)
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Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2007-2012 Final Environmental Impact Statement (April 2007)
Vol. I: Chapters 1-8 & Appendices, for Western Planning Area Sales 204, 207, 210, 215, and 218 & Central Planning Area Sales 205, 206, 208, 213, 216, and 222.
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Related Documents
EPA Region 6 is responsible for issuing permits for the Western Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (No. GMG290000) for discharges from new sources, existing sources, and new dischargers in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category (40 CFR Part 435, Subpart A).

EPA Approved NPDES General Permit GMG290000 at Time of Oil Spill (October 2007)

EPA Fact Sheet for NPDES General Permit GMG290000 at Time of Oil Spill

EPA Response to Public Comments for NPDES General Permit GMG290000

EPA Ocean Discharge Criteria Evaluation (ODCE, 1991) at time of Oil Spill
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