BP Plc ’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill was caused by poor management practices that are “systemic” in the industry and may recur absent “significant reform,” according to a presidential panel probing the spill.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar , who promised to be the “new sheriff in town” when he took over the agency that regulates offshore drilling, faces increased scrutiny of his leadership before the explosion at a BP Plc well set off the worst U.S. oil spill.
BP Plc ’s plans to develop an oil field five miles off Alaska’s coast from a manmade island must comply with safety rules for offshore drillers issued after BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the U.S. Interior Department said.
BP Plc said in permit applications for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that it was prepared to handle an oil spill more than ten times larger than the one now spewing crude into the waters off the southern United States.
The blaze aboard a Mariner Energy Inc. oil platform yesterday shows President Barack Obama should maintain the drilling ban imposed after the BP Plc blowout in April, lawmakers and environmentalists said.