One year after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, BP is moving closer to resuming deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP has reportedly been given informal approval to restart in July by US regulators in return for tougher rules on its rigs.
Government overseers would have 24-hour access and BP will only be able to maintain or increase production on existing platforms and not drill new wells.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has said there is currently no deal and BP would not comment on media reports.
The explosion on the BP rig last year killed 15 workers and caused one of the worst oil spills ever.