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Justice Department Files Suit Against Deepwater Horizon Owner
Posted By Samuel Knight On October 13, 2011 @ 10:35 am In News | Comments Disabled
Justice Department lawyers are seeking to compel Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, to respond to subpoenas issued by a federal agency investigating the offshore rig’s April 2010 explosion.
Attorneys filed suit in U.S. District Court in Houston Wednesday, alleging that the BP contractor “impeded and delayed” an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, an independent agency looking into the explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled roughly 205 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Justice Department lawyers say that Transocean has not wholly complied with five administrative subpoenas issued between November 24, 2010 and April 7, 2011.
“Transocean has provided no response or an insufficient response to a total of thirty-eight (38) specific demands for documents or answers to interrogatories,” according to court documents filed Wednesday.
The company has countered that the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board lacks the authority to investigate offshore accidents, according to The Hill .
Another inquiry, launched jointly by the Interior Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, recently found that BP, Transocean and Halliburton, who also worked on the failed well, violated safety regulations — a conclusion that could lead to the imposition of fines.
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