BOEMRE approves first deepwater drilling permitNews // March 2, 2011
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has approved the first deepwater drilling permit since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill.
Noble Energy’s application for a permit to bypass is for Well #2 in Mississippi Canyon Block 519, approximately 70 miles south east of Venice, La.
“This permit represents a significant milestone for us and for the offshore oil and gas industry, and is an important step towards safely developing deepwater energy supplies offshore,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich.
“This permit was issued for one simple reason: the operator successfully demonstrated that it can drill its deepwater well safely and that it is capable of containing a subsea blowout if it were to occur."
"We expect further deepwater permits to be approved in coming weeks and months based on the same process that led to the approval of this permit.”
Initial drilling on this well began April 16, 2010, in 6,500ft of water and activities were suspended June 12, 2010, under the temporary drilling moratorium, issued in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill.