North Sea Oil Rig Inspections to Be Doubled

LONDON (AP) - British officials reacting to the Gulf of Mexico
oil spill say they plan to double the number of inspections carried
out at oil rigs in the North Sea.

Britain's Department of Energy says the average number of annual
environmental checks aboard the country's roughly 24 drilling rigs
would rise from eight to 16. The department says it's hiring three
extra inspectors to help pursue the more aggressive program. The
department did not provide details of the inspections, but said
they involved visits to each rig.

Britain's energy secretary says that while the nation's offshore
energy industry rules are robust, the catastrophic Gulf incident is
worth some extra thought.


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