GULF OF MEXICO, (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- BP officials are asking regulators for permission to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The petition comes less than a year after the devastating rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused a massive oil spill in the Gulf.
The request creates a delicate situation for the Obama administration as it seeks to balance safety concerns with a desire to increase domestic oil production.
The Justice Department confirmed it is considering numerous criminal and civil penalties against BP.
The company has set aside $40 billion to cover costs related to the spill.
No word yet when they will get a response to the request.
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