Feds: Transocean Stonewalling on Witnesses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The head of the agency that regulates offshore drilling is questioning Transocean

The Transocean drillship, Discoverer Enterprise, prepares to conduct recovery operation for BP using a specially built "dome" at the sea floor Monday. With the use of the dome and connection system to flow the leaking oil the crew of the Discoverer Enterprise will be capable of recovering up to 125,000 barrels of oil. (Photo by Transocean)

New Orleans, LA (AP) - The head of the agency that regulates offshore drilling is questioning Transocean's willingness to cooperate with a key federal investigation of last year's Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill.

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management Regulation and Enforcement, says in a Thursday letter to
Transocean that the company has stonewalled on whether it would
produce three employees who have been subpoenaed to testify at
hearings next week in New Orleans.

Transocean says it can't control whether the people investigators want to question show up or not, but it's willing to produce a different expert who isn't on the witness list.

The focus of the seventh set of hearings by the U.S. Coast
Guard-BOEMRE panel is the blowout preventer that failed to stop the
disaster.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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