Deep-water Oil Drilling Is Underway In The Gulf Coast06:42
Download

Play
</a>
</a>

When BP's Macondo well began spewing 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf coast last year, the Obama administration put a temporary ban on deep-water drilling. That ban was lifted in October, and the Interior Department has issued ten deep-water permits since February. Two rigs are already up and running and another is expected to begin drilling soon.

But there are still major concerns about the possibility of another oil disaster, with new systems designed to contain a spill still taking anywhere from 10 - 17 days to stop the oil. Jennifer Dlouhy covers energy for the Houston Chronicle, and visited an oil rig that is about to begin deep-water drilling.

This segment aired on April 15, 2011.

Support the news

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news