November 25, 2008
Professor Richard Hildreth Chairs Minerals Management Service Meeting
Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Director of Oregon Law’s Ocean and Coastal Law Center Richard Hildreth recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to chair a meeting of the Minerals Management Service’s (“MMS”) Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) Scientific Committee. Professor Hildreth is concluding his term as vice chair of the OCS Scientific Committee, a position he has served in since 2006.
MMS, a bureau of the United States Department of the Interior, is the federal agency that manages the nation’s natural gas, oil, and other m ineral resources on the outer continental shelf. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the agency collects, accounts for, and disburses more than $8 billion per year in revenues from federal offshore mineral leases and from onshore mineral leases on federal and Indian lands.
More recently, MMS has been developing a management regime for renewable ocean energy resources such as wave, tide, and wind. The scientific committee has been advising MMS on environmental research in support of that new regime as well as research on the impacts of offshore oil and gas development.
Professor Hildreth is the author of three casebooks and many additional publications on ocean and coastal law. He has consulted frequently with federal and state coastal management agencies in the U.S. and Australia, and with Pacific Island governments on environmental legal matters.