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BP mum on future plans in Gulf

NEW YORK (AP) - BP isn't saying whether it will try to get new permits to drill in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico.

The government announced yesterday that the moratorium that was put into effect after the huge BP oil spill is being lifted. And other companies have said they'll begin drilling as soon as the government will let them. That could be days or weeks away.

Under the policies announced yesterday, companies that resume drilling will have to meet some new safety standards.

Officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which regulates offshore drilling, say they're not aware of BP's intentions and won't speculate.

BP leased the rig that exploded on April 20, killing 11 people and leading to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


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