Rig Owner Refuses to Honor Oil Spill Subpoenas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - The owner of the rig that exploded in the
Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas from a federal board
that has challenged the company's involvement in monitoring the
testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil
spill disaster.

Transocean says the U.S. Chemical Safety Board does not have
jurisdiction in the probe, so it doesn't have a right to the
documents and other items it seeks. The board tells The Associated
Press it does have jurisdiction and it has asked the Justice
Department to intervene to enforce the subpoenas.

Last week, the board demanded that the testing of the failed
blowout preventer stop until Transocean and Cameron International
are removed from any hands-on role in the examination. It says it's
a conflict of interest. The request is pending.

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

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