More than a year after its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, mining giant BP has been cleared to apply for new leases to drill offshore. The tragedy killed 11 workers and left a massive environmental cleaning production along the coastline. The decision comes despite early suggestions the US may ban BP from expanding its offshore drilling program.
The US will allow BP to participate in an upcoming offshore oil and gas lease sale.
A high-ranking government regulator has said BP would not be banned from obtaining new leases to drill offshore. The offshore lease sale will be the first since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which spilled more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
“They (BP) don’t have a deeply flawed record offshore,” Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Michael Bromwich said. “The question is ‘Do you administer the administrative death penalty based on one incident?’ and we’ve concluded that’s not appropriate.”
The Gulf of Mexico disaster – the biggest offshore spill in US history – was a stark reminder that the environmental cost of mining can be extreme. Green commentators have warned the financial penalties for considerable environmental harm are too low. In the case of BP it has been predicted fines from the Gulf of Mexico spill would cost BP no more than $21 million. This is just seven hours of profit according to US Democrat Edward Markey.
“That fine obviously does not even begin to approach the amount needed to be a deterrent against a repeat of this tragedy. That fine is a slap on the wrist.”
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