Saturday, July 24, 2010
BP will begin drilling off the coast of Libya coast within a few weeks, the Financial Times reports Saturday, as controversy swirls over the oil giant’s connections to the north African nation, Scotland and the release of the convicted Pan Am flight 103 bombers, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to investigate whether BP played a role in the Scottish government’s decision last year to release the Lockerbie bomber from prison on compassionate grounds due to his alleged terminal cancer. Both BP and UK Prime Minister David Cameron strongly deny any connection.
Some U.S. lawmakers charge that the British-based oil 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 the acquisition of new oil leases easier.