New rules may pressure smaller firms operating in the Gulf:

06/22/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

New rules -- and the higher costs associated with complying with them -- may bring added pressure to smaller oil firms operating in the Gulf of Mexico that are already trying to deal with the revenue loss from the deepwater-drilling moratorium. While larger companies may be able to withstand the costs associated with a spill, such as BP and the $2 billion it estimates it has already spent, smaller firms generally operate on tighter budgets and margins.

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