US chem safety board sues Transocean to get BP oil-spill info

12 October 2011 23:34  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board sued Transocean on Wednesday, alleging that the rig operator has not given the agency enough information about the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, the US Attorney's Office said on Wednesday.

The rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 people and causing one of the worst oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. BP operated the Deepwater Horizon, and Transocean owned it.

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) began its investigation of the disaster later in 2010.

As part of its investigation, the agency issued subpoenas seeking more information about the explosion on the rig, said the US Attorney's Office, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the board.

The office alleges that Transocean has not sufficiently responded to 38 of 39 specific demands that the CSB made in five subpoenas.

In the lawsuit, the office asks the court to enforce the subpoenas. That way, the Chemical Safety Board can get the information it needs for its investigation.

Transocean did not immediately comment about the lawsuit.

By: Al Greenwood
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