Saturday, April 16, 2011

BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico?

BP PLC is in talks to resume drilling at 10 existing deep-water Gulf of Mexico wells in exchange for adhering to stricter safety rules, company officials said.

The world's No. 3 oil and gas company, which has 20 oilfields in the gulf, hopes to reach an agreement within a month and restart several projects in July . . .

BP's petition comes ahead of the April 20 anniversary of the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig that BP had leased for an exploration well called Macondo Prospect.

The blowout killed 11 workers and injured 17 others, set the rig on fire and triggered the petroleum industry's largest marine oil spill, gushing for three months.

The leak was stopped July 15 after it released about 4.9 million barrels, or nearly 206 million gallons, of crude oil.

Any government official issuing a Gulf drilling permit to BP should be driven from office.

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