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MMS TO OPEN SAMPLE REPOSITORY WITH DELAWARE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

 MMS TO OPEN SAMPLE REPOSITORY WITH DELAWARE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
 WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Delaware Geological Survey to establish an Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) core and well sample repository.
 "This agreement will give MMS the opportunity to display well cores and cutting samples from 51 Atlantic wells," said MMS Director S. Scott Sewell. "The Delaware Geological Survey has ample exhibit space available and room for expansion in its existing Core and Sample Library."
 Dr. Robert Jordan, the Delaware state geologist, said the Geological Survey will administer a centralized sample repository at the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Del. This facility will be known as the Atlantic OCS Core and Sample Repository at the Delaware Geological Survey Core and Sample Library.
 "By transferring the Atlantic OCS Region's core and well samples to the Delaware Geological Survey's library, we can provide coastal scientific communities, industry, state and federal agencies and the public with an accessible facility to analyze the samples," said Sewell.
 MMS and the Delaware Geological Survey have defined responsibilities, functions and stipulations for each party in the MOU. MMS anticipates transferring the cores and samples to Delaware and having them ready for public viewing by fall.
 MMS administers federal offshore mineral programs and manages the federal royalty program. MMS is committed to achieving the appropriate balance between protecting the environment and providing opportunities for the discovery and recovery of critical energy resources such as natural gas and oil.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Petrosky of the Minerals Management Service, 703-787-1118/ CO: Minerals Management Service; Delaware Geological Survey ST: District of Columbia, Delaware IN: MNG SU:


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