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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  • by tom Location: madison on Dec 30, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Congress forces these companies to drill in water that is too deep and we whine that gas is too high and then when one accident happens everyone is on a witch hunt and finger pointing exercise. I wouldn't want to get in front of Congress and have those idiots yell at me with no real solutions or even any rationale. When gas is 5 dollars a gallon and you are shuttling yourselves to the gym and soccer practice in your SUV's remember this....... and then whine again and point fingers again at the oil companies and haul then in front of Congress for another witch hunt.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    Anon, You can refuse to honor a subpoena for jury duty. Just be ready to accept the consequences. Transocean has determined that they are willing to accept the consequences and fight.
  • by Anon Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Wish I could refuse to honor a subpoena, like next time I get called for jury duty...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    Alice, You don't seem to know what you're talking about. Cheney does not own Transocean. This is a corporation where many people own stock in the company, and no individual actually owns the company. Also Cheney had dealings with Halliburton not Transocean. Halliburton contracted Transocean to monitor these tests, and now Transoceon does not want to talk about it.
  • by 3minidoxies Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 06:12 AM
    Suggestion, arrest the officers and directors and ship them to Gitmo as terrorists with no right to counsel...then see if they want to cooperate.
  • by Pete Zahut on Dec 30, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    Throw everyone at Transocean associated with this in jail. NOW. Don't pass go, don't collect $200 - jail - NOW.
  • by Alice Location: Crawfordville on Dec 30, 2010 at 04:31 AM
    O'course this is par for the course since CHENEY owns the company
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 02:22 AM
    GUILTY~now leave our waters forever.
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