Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued a permit authorizing Noble Energy to re-commence drilling operations in a deepwater well located on the U.S. OCS in the Gulf of Mexico. BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich said that Noble Energy demonstrated in its application that “it can drill its deepwater well safely and that it is capable of containing a subsea blowout if it were to occur.” In a media release, BOEMRE noted that Noble Energy has contracted with Helix Well Containment Group to use that company’s capping stack in the event of a subsea blowout.

Following BOEMRE’s announcement, Jim Adams of the Offshore Marine Services Assoc. praised the agency’s actions, but noted that many more permits will need to be authorized to put offshore workers back to work.