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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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