Support for Expanded Offshore Drilling Rebounds Year after Gulf Spill

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A survey released on the eve of the BP oil spill’s one-year anniversary shows that support for expanded offshore drilling has bounced back to levels last seen during the energy price spikes of the summer of 2008, according to The Hill blog.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found 69 percent of respondents favor more drilling. Forty-five percent of adults “strongly favor” increased drilling in U.S. waters, while 24 percent “mildly” favor it, according to the poll taken April 9-10.

Separately, the Oil and Gas Journal reported substantial progress in improving offshore oil and gas operations on the first anniversary of the Macondo deepwater well accident and oil spill. It said government and industry officials warned against a return to the complacency and overconfidence that existed before the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible rig caught fire and killed 11 workers on Apr. 20, 2010.

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Click here for the full OGJ report.

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