5 years just after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths

April 20, 2015 5:05 AM

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ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — 5 years right after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the business is functioning on drilling even additional into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap huge deposits when thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, demands engineering feats far beyond these employed at BP's much shallower Macondo nicely.

But critics say power organizations have not developed the corresponding safety measures to avoid yet another disaster or include one if it happens — a sign, environmentalists say, that the lessons of BP's spill have been short-lived.

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