A Covington-based company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, has been approved by the federal government to drill at the Macondo site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. LLOG’s permit to drill a new well near BP’s site was approved April 13 by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, an agency overseeing offshore oil and gas drilling operations. The company’s exploration plan was approved last October following an environmental review by a sister agency, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. LLOG is privately owned, and its officials have stated that they are prepared to prevent any potential issues in the planning stage. LLOG’s Vice President, Rick Fowler, told FuelFix that the company had already drilled into “analogous reservoirs at similar depths and pressures” and that they have “ensured the lessons from those reports [on the BP disaster] are accounted for in our design and well procedures.”
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