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BP blowout forensic exam ends, trapped pipe piece is culprit

New Orleans - A new report shows BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster last year resulted from a trapped piece of drill pipe preventing the blowout preventer’s blind shear rams to close and seal the well properly, creating the greatest environmental disaster in US history.

ExxonMobile gets approval for Gulf's fourth deepwater permit

New Orleans - The fourth deepwater drilling permit allowed by the Obama administration since lifting the ban has been given to oil giant ExxonMobile to begin new well drilling operations in 6,941 feet of water, located approximately 240 miles off Louisiana’s coastlin

Houston driller gets deepwater approval

Houston - As dead dolphins continue washing ashore in Alabama and Mississippi, a Houston-based driller won approval on Friday for resuming its deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and is “eager” to return to its operations there.

BP gets first dibs on drilling in Gulf of Mexico again

Washington - The US government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced this week it issued a deepwater drilling permit to Noble Energy, a minor owner of a well that BP has a 46.5 percent stake in.

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