BP a Step Closer to Drilling New Gulf Wells

By: Harry R. Weber, Associated Press
By: Harry R. Weber, Associated Press

BP is a step closer to being allowed to drill new deepwater
wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

The agency that regulates offshore drilling said Friday it has
approved a supplemental exploration plan submitted by BP. The
British firm still must obtain permits to be able to start
drilling.

BP is seeking to drill up to four wells in the Gulf's Keathley
Canyon in water that is more than 6,000 feet deep and is located
192 miles from the Louisiana shore.

This project would be the first new one drilled by BP since last
year's Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and led
to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The company has a
46 percent stake in a well already approved for drilling by Noble
Energy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    WE NEED TO DEVEOP ALTERNATIVE ENVIRONMEN-FRIENDLY FUELS ! STOP COWARDING BEFORE ALL MIGHTY OIL!
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    Great! go for it!! We need to get off foreign oil.
  • by Sandy on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    I guess it wasn't enough damage that BP or drilling has done to our gulf.. They again want to kill our sea life and beaches and our beautful coast. Drill somewhere else.
  • by engineer Location: fla on Oct 22, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    @pro conservative:then we should let banks loan without any oversight and regulations Lol
  • by Pro Business Conservative Location: Southwood on Oct 22, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    We need to allow companies to drill without oversite and without regulations. We need to trust them that they'll do the right thing which they care more about than profits. This will create jobs.
  • by John Location: Tallahassee on Oct 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    Wouldn't it be nice to hear something in the news like,the price of oil is going up today because of a tornado in the mid west ,instead of the oil cartels controlling the price. drill drill and drill. we have a 100 year supply of oil and gas in the US ,lets get to it.
  • by ConservativeHippie on Oct 22, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    BP should be allowed to drill absolutely nothing until ALL legal action against them from their last spill is settled.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Oct 22, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    I think that they should drill these wells in water 100 feet deep. If an emergency occurs divers can make repairs in hours, not months. The N.I.M.B.Y. Folks can just expect another disaster, drilling in 6000 feet of ocean. Better consider sysmic arresters too.
  • by Michael Location: Tallahassee on Oct 22, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    When are "we the people" going to take back this country? Let the residents and sportsmen of the coastal states of TX,MS,LA and FL vote to decide if BP or anyone should be allowed to drill in the gulf. It is (OUR) water not some agency's who cares not about the sea life. Unless they have held an oily dead dolphin baby in their arms they should not be able to decide these things. Let the people vote on this important matter.
  • by get it Location: la on Oct 22, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    Good idea BP, this will give my buddy's and I another fishing spot. Drill away>.
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