Oct 22, 2010 6:01 PM by Letitia Walker
WASHINGTON (AP) - An unspecified company has filed the first request to drill for oil and gas in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico since exploration there was temporarily halted after the massive BP oil spill.
The application, announced Friday by the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, was filed Oct. 12, the day the government lifted a
moratorium on deepwater drilling that was put in place after an
April 20 blowout caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S.
Federal officials would not name the company that applied,
saying it was proprietary information.
BOEM Director Michael Bromwich has said that it could be weeks
or months for a new drilling permit to be approved, since companies
will be subjected to a host of new rules and an inspection.