WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators dismissed claims that BP was moving back to the Gulf of Mexico, though it is said the oil company is to restart work on existing wells.
BP is said to be close to a deal with U.S. regulators to resume working on existing wells in the Gulf of Mexico. April marks the first anniversary of BP's deadly explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil platform. The explosion killed 11 rig workers and resulted in one of the worst oil disasters in the history of the energy industry.
BP was told privately that it could start working in the Gulf of Mexico by July, the BBC reports.
Washington lifted a moratorium on deep-water drilling in October and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has doled out new permits to international energy companies in 2011.
U.S. President Barack Obama in an energy plan unveiled Wednesday proposed to open parts of the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling.
BOEMRE officials dismissed the reports on BP, however, saying "there is no such deal," the BBC adds.