BP has asked U.S. regulators to allow them to resume drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The request comes less than one year after a huge oil spill on one of the company's rigs caused incalculable environmental damage and claimed the lives of 11 workers.
The request only involves ten existing wells with no new drilling occuring. Drilling has of course been stalled since the company's Macondo well spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into the gulf last summer. A spokesman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, says no deal with BP has been reached, though the company seems hopeful. “We’re making progress but it’s not a yes yet,” an unnamed BP official told The New York Times.
Though regulators have begun to allow drilling again in the gulf, permitting BP is a more controversial step. After all the company is still paying back the $69 million they owe for clean up. Also, just last week it came out that some BP executives may face manslaughter charges for their role in the spill.
Despite claims to the contrary from regulators, The Daily Mail is reporting that the company has been cleared to resume drilling, but will have to meet stringent safety guidelines. No one else has confirmed this yet though.