Sep 28, 2011 2:17 AM by Jim Hummel
BP is making plans to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's exploration plan (EP) was filed last week with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).
The plans include drilling four wells in the Keathly Canyon area of the Gulf, plans that were interrupted by last year's oil disaster.
"Exact timing for commencement of drilling is uncertain and will depend upon full approval of the regulator," said BP's Daren Beaudo in an e-mail to KATC.
Beaudo continued, saying:
"BP's operations proposed in the Supplemental EP comply with new requirements enumerated by BOEMRE in the Notices to Lessees, including all directives relating to BOP testing and certification, well design certification, oil spill response planning and an application for permit to drill. BP will also apply its voluntary standards, exceeding current government standards, to drilling of the well. BP has a long and successful history of safely operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The tragic events of the Deepwater Horizon have brought about new BP enhanced performance standards and also highlighted regulatory and industry improvements that can help prevent a repeat incident. BP remains committed to sharing lessons learned with government, industry and other stakeholders to help prevent future incidents of this nature and improve oil spill response capability in the future."
The exploratory plan filed by BP can be reviewed by clicking here.