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Talking Points Memo: Ken Salazar Denies BP In Talks To Resume Drilling In The Gulf

April 4, 2011- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pushed back against reports that BP is in talks to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, almost a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout killed 11 workers and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the ocean, calling those reports a "misconception."

The New York Times reported over the weekend that two anonymous BP officials said the energy company is in talks to resume drilling at 10 of their wells in the Gulf, as long as they agree to stricter safety regulations. According to one of the officials, the agreement could be reached in the next month.

"We're making progress but it's not a yes yet," one of the officials reportedly said.

But, Reuters reports, Salazar strongly denied this: "There is absolutely no such agreement nor would there be such an agreement," he said Monday. Salazar also said that BP would have to go through the same process as other companies in order to resume drilling.

A temporary blanket ban was put on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico last May as a result of the spill, but it was lifted in October.



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