Well at least Norway has the guts to tell the Big Oil Co. that they are not going to be drilling for a while,
BP (& it's Haliburton , Tras Ocean ) friends seem to be dictating to the US coast guard what is going on,they are policing themselves, and this is only beginning, the Gulf of Mexico maybe screwed for quite a while. Afterall BP has lied from day 1 , as to the extent of the 'leak' and are trying to keep all prying eyes (read Public ) away from the beaches so as not to take photos..
This is Bad Stuff People, watch for more lies from BP on your nightly News,..they should be Jailed & made to pay with the full extent of all laws on the books right now, even if they have to liquadate the assetts of the complete company. Norway has banned new deepwater oil drilling in the North Sea in a sign that panic over BP's Gulf of Mexico spill is spreading.
As the political fallout moved beyond America, U.S. President Barack Obama attacked BP chief executive Tony Hayward, saying he should have been sacked for tactless comments after the spill.
Britain ruled out a moratorium "for the moment" on deepwater exploration, but Norway, its North Sea neighbour, said it had sufficient concerns to halt all new drilling until a full inquiry is conducted into the cause of BP's leak.
Terje Riis-Johansen, Norway's oil minister, said: "What is happening in the Gulf of Mexico is so unique, it's gone on for such a long time, the blowout is so big, we must gather enough information from it before we move on."
The move will pile pressure on the British Government to put the North Sea oil industry under more scrutiny. Charles Hendry, Britain's new energy minister, said he wanted deep drilling due to start off the Shetland Islands to go ahead, despite concerns about industry safety standards.
He said on Tuesday that it was sufficient to increase inspections of rigs and set up a new industry body to probe safety, as new deepwater exploration gets under way.
Shares tumbled across the oil and energy services sector, amid unconfirmed reports of another Gulf of Mexico leak at a rig operated by Diamond Offshore and a fresh onslaught on BP by Mr Obama.
He launched a personal attack on Mr Hayward, saying he should have been fired over ill-judged comments. The President, who has been criticized for failing to take control of the oil spill, added that he has spent so much time in the Gulf region he "knows whose ass to kick".
Speaking on the U.S. television show Today, he lashed out at Mr Hayward for saying he wanted his "life back". "He wouldn't be working for me after any of those statements," he said.
BP's share price fell a further 5pc, or 21.4, to 408.9p in London, meaning pounds 45bn has now been wiped off its market value. Having been Britain's biggest company, worth pounds 120bn, it is now threatening to fall into third place behind Vodafone - having already been overtaken by Royal Dutch Shell.
The accident has taken 213 points off the benchmark FTSE 100 share index.
Mr Hayward, who said this weekend that he had no intention of stepping down, will face the wrath of U.S. politicians when he testifies to an inquiry on June 17 - one of 28 separate congressional hearings on the spill.
There is growing frustration in the U.S. that BP has failed to plug its well 47 days after the Deepwater Horizon rig operated by Transocean exploded, killing 11 men. The spill has so far polluted hundreds of miles of coastline. BP said on Tuesday that it is now capturing almost 15,000 barrels a day out of an estimated 20,000 coming out of the ground.
But Mr Hayward's insistence that there is "no evidence" of any oil plumes beneath the ocean's surface was thrown into doubt when scientists confirmed the presence of "low concentrations of subsea oil".
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