BP Sneaks Back Into The Gulf Of Mexico

Despite the fact that oil and dead animals are still washing up on Gulf Shore beaches, the U.S. Government has granted BP permission to immediately begin drilling for oil off the coast of Louisiana.

Under the permit issued Wednesday by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the British oil company will be allowed to start drilling operations at its Kaskida field about 192 miles off the Louisiana coast.

BP plans to drill the newly approved well in 6,034 feet of water – about 1,000 feet deeper than its doomed Macondo project. Drilling could begin within days using Seadrill’s 3-year-old West Sirius semi-submersible rig, reports SF Gate.

Although many Gulf Coast residents say they are still waiting for BP to make good on its promise to refund money lost during the oil spill disaster of 2010,†the White House claims the company has met all of the enhanced safety regulations put in place over the last year.

In addition to meeting the bureauís rigorous standards, BSEE stated that BP has met the additional standards it volunteered to adhere to in July 2011. These voluntary standards include: the use of blind shear rams and a casing shear ram on subsea blowout preventers (BOPs); third party verification of BOP testing and maintenance; and laboratory testing of cement slurries.

Of course, there were plenty of safety regulations in place back in April 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded killing 11 workers and permanently contaminating the Gulf of Mexico–but a government investigation found that BP, Transocean, and Haliburton (among others) routinely ignored these rules to increase the well’s output.

The government seems to believe that they’ve changed their ways, but I’m inclined to believe the old adage: “Once a cheater, always a cheater.”

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

corporation without a conscience

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U5 years ago

You´re that right, Beth, once a cheater - always a cheater.

But what about all of us have to pay more and more.
I think: once a slave - always a slave - to demand cheaters.

Thank you !

Dale Must
Dale Must6 years ago

By whose authority does BP get initial permission to drill in the Gulf, manage the Keystone pipeline, do drilling for methane gas in Colorado and still prmitted to do offshore drilling off Alaska? I've inquired into Washington Post. So far, the evidence points to the State Dept. If we asked the UK for permission for American oil companies to supervise projects within their boundaries or jurisdiction, what answer would we get? Isn't there an American company that ven more competent?

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M6 years ago

If there were justice, BP wouldn't be working anywhere. least of all the Gulf.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

Boo BP! Tax pollution--issue green bond--fin

Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

pretty sick I guess all the government cares about are jobs at any price. dont mind the environment dont mind the people that are getting sick or infants that may be born with defects. dont mind that some day you will not be able to drink clean water because it has all been poluted. And what the hell if they do it again why not let them write the clean up off as a buisness loss so the people have to pay for it like last time. Just a shell game.

Dolores M.
Dolores M6 years ago

And our GOVERNMENT allowed it!!! Democrats or Republicans are all the same. They don't care about us or the environment.,...so don't vote for THEM. We need fresh blood.. take a chance for REAL CHANGE and let's give the other parties our vote.

Pat B.
Pat Brown6 years ago

I voted yes, they should be banned or at the very least have to pay what they owe before being allowed to touch a drill again, but guess what? It's not going to change a thing. People are till guzzling oil products at a rate that is increasing every day. We aren't cutting back on our use of the product, thus there will be a need for more as the years go by.

The world population just hit 7 billion people, every new person is one more drain on energy and everything it provides us -- food, transportation, plastics and just about everything else we use or eat today. So, more people/less oil. The people who can provide that will make money. That's supply and demand, the heart of capitalism. Do you honestly believe oil usage is going to go down because we sign some petition? It will only go down when we cut our usage. Period.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright6 years ago

People, and corporations, "sneak" around when they know what they are doing is wrong and they don't want to be caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. Obviously "sneak" is being used here quite {and unfortunately} correctly.

Anyone want to start a bet as to when {aka how soon} the next disaster will strike this region causing hundreds of thousands more animals to die and the environmental death of this region????