The pace of permitting for deepwater oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico is approaching the level reached before the 2010 BP Plc (BP/) oil spill, the U.S. Interior Department said.
The agency granted 61 deepwater new-well drilling permits in the 12 months ended Feb. 27, six fewer than from February 2009 to February 2010, before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Adam Fetcher, a spokesman for the department, said today in an e-mail.
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