UK to boost safety inspections after BP oil spill

LONDON, June 8 (BestGrowthStock) – Britain said it would increase
its inspection of North Sea drilling rigs and monitoring of
offshore practices in the light of the BP (BP.L: ) oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico.

Energy and climate change minister Chris Huhne said in a
statement posted on his department’s website on Tuesday that he
had also asked an oil industry group to investigate the UK’s
ability to prevent and respond to oil spills.

“The Deepwater Horizon gives us pause for thought and, given
the beginning of exploration in deeper waters West of Shetland,
there is every reason to increase our vigilance,” Huhne said.

The UK plans to double the number of annual environmental
inspections, the statement said.

BP’s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico continues to
leak between 12,000 and 25,000 barrels per day after the
Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling the well exploded and
sunk.

Some U.S. politicians have criticised previous
administrations’ decision to allow the oil industry to largely
regulate itself, for lax safety procedures and the failure to
develop technology that can tackle a leaking oil well at sea.
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(Reporting by Tom Bergin; Editing by Mike Nesbit)

UK to boost safety inspections after BP oil spill