BP to start drilling oil off the coast of Libya
The deep-water drilling will take place in the Gulf of Sirte as BP faces intense scrutiny over its acquisition of rights to a huge oil and gas field in 2007.
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to investigate whether BP played any part in the Scottish government’s decision last year to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi from prison on compassionate grounds due to his terminal cancer.
Megrahi was the only person convicted of blowing up an airliner over southern Scotland in 1988, killing 270 people, most of them US citizens. He is still alive and living in Libya.
Some US lawmakers charge that the British-based energy giant, which has faced sharp criticism in the United States for its handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lobbied for Megrahi’s release to make doing business easier.
BP says it did lobby the British government over a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya.
But Megrahi was released by the devolved Scottish government on compassionate grounds and not under that agreement.
BP says it was not involved in any discussions with relevant authorities about his release.