Blowout Containment Part of Drilling Permit Snag

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - The head of the agency that oversees offshore
drilling says deepwater permits in the Gulf of Mexico have been withheld largely because the industry is unable to prove it could contain another major blowout at the bottom of the sea.

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, made the disclosure in a
letter he sent late Friday to executives at Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Helix Energy Solutions Group. Bromwich was asking the companies
when the containment system they and others are working on will be

Drilling was suspended last year when the administration imposed
a months long moratorium following the BP spill. The ban was lifted
in October, but drilling has not yet resumed in waters deeper than
500 feet in the Gulf.

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

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    Environment Location: Crawfordville , The environmentalists aren't striping the natural resources. The issue is that they are keeping America from using its own resources forcing us to purchase the resources we need from other countries at high cost. The only good thing I can see from this is that when the rest of the world is out of oil, then we would be the only ones with it. The best option is to drill now, and continue the research into alternatives. There is nothing viable as a replacement for oil tight now, if there was we would be switching to it in mass. Until we find the replacement we have to be able to provide for ourselves which means drill now!
  • by Environment Location: Crawfordville on Feb 5, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    Lets just let China drill and sell it all back to us and twice what it would cost us to get it. We need to stop letting the so called Environmentalist strip this country of its wealth and natural resources.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Feb 5, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Snag, snag bull Drill Baby Drill as I'm in no mood to be convinced I'm gonna be happy to pay $5.00 per at the cheap pumps get it on drill baby drill? And start building gas and oil refinerys too ~ giddy up times awasting.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    it's still leaking
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