US Coast Guard Approves Another Inspection of Sunken Deepwater Horizon
The U.S. Coast Guard approved BP PLC and Transocean Ltd.'s plan to conduct another underwater inspection of the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon rig to discover the source of an oil slick floating in the Gulf of Mexico, the agency said Thursday.
BP on Nov. 2 reported the slick in the vicinity of the sunken rig and wellhead, the site of the August 2010 explosion that killed 11 people and resulted in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The sheen was the second to be sighted in the waters above the well despite its being capped after the explosion.
The underwater inspection will take start on Dec. 3 under Coast Guard supervision, the agency said.
BP earlier this month agreed to plead guilty to 11 counts of misconduct or neglect of ship officers and other charges stemming from the Deepwater Horizon explosion. It also agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines. The Obama administration, citing a "lack of business integrity" that resulted in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has temporarily blocked BP from obtaining new contracts with the U.S. government.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.
- Pipe Dream? Chevron, Woodside Vie to Shape Australia's LNG Sector (Jun 15)
- BP: Coal Comeback Spurs New Carbon Emissions Growth (Jun 13)
- Enbridge Takes Steps on Pipeline Policy After BP Complains (Jun 11)
Company: Transocean Ltd. more info
- Top 10 Drilling Contractors Oil, Gas Professionals Want to Work For (May 22)
- An Upstream Comeback with Less Splash but More Cash? (May 11)
- Offshore Oil Recovery Beginning in World's Harshest Environments (Feb 21)
Company: US Coast Guard more info
- US Coast Guard, EPA Cleaning Up A Dozen Texas Chemical Spills After Harvey (Sep 11)
- Coast Guard: US Oil Platform On Fire In Gulf Of Mexico; No Injuries (May 22)
- Houston Channel Slowly Reopens; Vessel Queue Tops 100 (Mar 25)