Five Years Since BP Deepwater Horizon - How the GOM has Changed

The BP oil spill to three months to cap and the Obama imposed a 6-month drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico. Now five years after the disaster, drilling has bounced back strongly. The number of deep-water rigs has increased from 35 to 48, and operators are pushing into even deeper water. The Minerals Management Service was disbanded and three new agencies were created to oversee offshore drilling operations, environmental protection, safety and revenues;  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.  In January 2015, the Interior Department announced a plan to open up drilling next year in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas on the Arctic coast of Alaska and off the coast between Maryland and Florida.