Plan OK'd to drill into BP's ill-fated Macondo reservoir

2015-05-13 11:06
Oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles south-east of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (Gerald Herbert, AP)

Oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles south-east of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (Gerald Herbert, AP)

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New Orleans - Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the largest US offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana.

A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir near BP's ill-fated well blowout, according to federal records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Harper's Magazine first reported the drilling plans late on Tuesday.

LLOG's permit to drill a new well near BP's site was approved April 13 by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, an agency overseeing offshore oil and gas drilling operations. The company's exploration plan was approved last October following an environmental review by a sister agency, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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