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U.S. Returns Oil-Drill Request for Gulf of Mexico Deep Waters

U.S. regulators returned for more information the first application to drill in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an activity President Barack Obama banned after BP Plc’s oil spill.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement received only the one application since the moratorium was lifted on Oct. 12 and turned it back to the operator, said Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based agency, in an e-mail today. She declined to identify the company or comment on what data were missing.

The April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig led to suspension of work on 33 exploratory wells operated by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP, Chevron Corp. and Statoil ASA.

The moratorium cut Shell’s output in the Gulf by 10,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, Simon Henry, chief financial officer for the The Hague-based company, said on an Oct. 28 conference call.

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