Processing Magazine

U.S. Returns Oil-Drill Request for Gulf of Mexico Deep Waters

December 8, 2010

According to Bloomberg, U.S. regulators returned for more information the first application to drill in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an activity President Barack Obama banned after BP Plc’s oil spill. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement received only the one application since the moratorium was lifted on Oct. 12 and turned it back to the operator. The April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig led to suspension of work on 33 exploratory wells operated by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP, Chevron Corp. and Statoil ASA.