BP says oil well drilling in U.S. Gulf nears pre-Macondo levels
RIO DE JANEIRO
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Oil well drilling is approaching levels last seen in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and spill in the Macondo field, BP Plc's (BP.L) Vice President for Global Deepwater Response Richard Morrison said on the sidelines of the Rio Oil & Gas Conference on Thursday.
The U.S. declared a government-enforced moratorium after the spill that spewed an estimated 5 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico according to James Watson, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Management, the U.S. agency responsible for oil rig safety in the Gulf.
(Reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Gary Hill)