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Deep Water Drilling Can Resume in Gulf

 Posted by on October 13, 2010
Oct 132010

Deep water oil drills quieted by a six-month moratorium will again hum off the Gulf Coast.
But big oil got a tough message on safety: The days of gambling in the Gulf are over.

By year's end, drilling could resume on some of the Gulf's 36 deep water rigs.

Independent engineers must certify every rig's blowout preventer, and each stage of the drilling process.

There's also new standards for cementing wells.

Plus, the CEO of the company responsible for the well is accountable and has to certify it meets all requirements.

Those were all considered failings in this summer's BP disaster.

"Somebody can drill only when they satisfy a government that they have a process in place to deal with a worst case scenario," Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary, said Tuesday.

But environmentalists are still worried. The BP investigation has yet to close, and the Gulf's already back open for business.

(Mark Strassman – CBS News)