WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) says projects interrupted by the deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill deserve special consideration in the approvals process.
The Wall Street Journalreports that the Obama administration says it would clear a path for the 13 companies with wells already approved and under way when the moratorium took effect. These 16 sites still will have to meet the new environmental review criteria prior to approval. This new move would not affect permit requests pending when the moratorium hit and those submitted since.
The continuing questions of what the criteria are and when any required federal inspections of the plans and/or equipment to be used might take place are not addressed in this new move.