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Fed Panel: Oil Spill Evidence Tests Need to Stop

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - A federal board allowed to monitor the
testing of a key piece of Gulf oil spill evidence -- the blowout
preventer -- is demanding that the analysis stop until
representatives of the companies that made and maintained the
device are removed from the process.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in a letter Thursday that
having the companies involved hands-on in the forensic analysis
that began more than a month ago undermines the investigation's
credibility.

However, while Cameron and Transocean officials are among a
small army of representatives allowed to watch and consult, they
are not involved in the actual testing. That's being done by a
Norwegian firm.

The board said it also wants that firm terminated or at least
supervised by a neutral third-party.

The safety board investigates serious chemical accidents. It had
previously agreed to the current test protocols.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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