BP Won't Rule Out Future Oil Drilling At Gulf Of Mexico Well

BP may in the future drill a new well to extract crude left behind in the reservoir of a damaged Gulf of Mexico oil field, a senior executive with the firm said Friday. "Clearly there's lots of oil and gas here and we'll have to think about what to do with that at some point," Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters. Asked whether BP would consider donating the proceeds from the sale of any oil from the well to those affected by the worst maritime oil spill on record or selling the rights to another oil company, Suttles said "we just haven't thought about that." "What we've been focused on is the response right now. We haven't even thought about what we'd do with this reservoir and this field someday".Some 15 weeks after the deadly April 20 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, the runaway well which spewed 4.1 million barrels of oil into sea is finally plugged. BP is currently waiting for a cement plug to dry so it can resume work on a relief well which will finally "kill" the well by injecting mud and cement in from below. Suttles said an enormous amount of cleanup remains on shore and BP -- which has taken a major reputation hit -- is committed to the long-term recovery of the region. He declined to rule out the possibility of drilling elsewhere in the rich reservoir. "What we've stated is the original well that had the blow out and the relief wells will be abandoned," Suttles explained.