BP could restart drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico in July, fifteen months after the accident at the Macondo exploration well according to new reports.
Responding to reports in the Times newspaper that BP has received approval to resume drilling at 10 deep sea wells that were suspended after the accident Greenpeace USA Research Director Kert Davies said: “BP’s executives should be in court, but instead they’re popping champagne corks.
“The Government is so wedded to the oil industry that it’s allowing the people responsible for America’s biggest ever oil spill back to the scene of the crime before the trial is half way over. Obama should be cutting BP’s tax breaks and corporate perks, not cutting corners on safety and due process.”
Eleven rig workers died when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank on 20 April 2010.
The UK oil group has pledged to improve its safety operations systems, and has spent more than $17.7 billion on response activities to the oil spill.