New Orleans, LA (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Transocean Ltd.
to turn over a batch of safety records to a government panel
probing the deadly rig explosion that spawned the massive Gulf oil
The company that owned the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig had
balked at providing safety records for its other rigs in the Gulf
of Mexico to the panel of Coast Guard and industry regulators.
Transocean argued that the records aren't relevant to the
panel's investigation, but U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled
Friday that the government is entitled to the documents.
A government attorney told Barbier that the records could show
whether the April 20 rig explosion resulted from a systemic problem
with Transocean's rigs.
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