Gulf Oil Spill Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Houston, TX (AP) - A Norwegian maritime company that surveys and
approves safety programs for vessels recertified papers for the
Deepwater Horizon on April 21, a day after the rig blew up in the
Gulf of Mexico.

The blast killed 11 people and led to 200 million gallons of oil
spewing from BP PLC's deep-sea well.

Transocean's safety manager Jerry Canducci testified Thursday at
a federal panel investigating the cause of the explosion. Canducci
says Det Norske Veritas spent two days in the company's offices and
recertified the papers on April 21, while the rig was still burning
in the Gulf.

It is unclear why the Norwegian company recertified the rig's
paperwork after the explosion.

Transocean had leased the rig to BP, which was the majority
owner of the well when it blew up.

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

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