United States: BP seeks permission to restart gulf drilling

BP has asked United States regulators for permission to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times said on April 3.

The request comes less than a year after the devastating oil spill in the gulf, caused by an explosion in BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in which 11 workers died.

The NYT said: “BP is seeking permission to continue drilling at 10 existing deepwater production and development wells in the region in July in exchange for adhering to stricter safety and supervisory rules, said one of the officials.

“An agreement could be reached within the next month but would not include new drilling, the official said.”

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the federal agency that oversees the development of resources in the gulf, has granted permission to continue drilling in the gulf to Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BHP Billiton.