"Transocean Loses Appeal To Withhold Documents From Safety Board"

"NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied Transocean’s stay of judgment involving its refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)."

"Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, had argued that the CSB lacked authority to investigate events leading up to an accidental release of large amounts of gasses during BP’s Macondo oil well blowout in April 2010. The accident led to the deaths of 11 workers and spawned the largest offshore oil spill in history.

The CSB is made up of experts in safety and environmental health who are investigating the explosion and the events leading up to it with the goal of preventing future incidents. During the board’s investigation it subpoenaed internal documents from Transocean – but the company only partially complied with the subpoena, according to court documents.

Transocean is currently appealing the CSB’s authority to investigate the matter."

Kyle Barnett reports for the Louisiana Record July 24, 2013.

Source: Louisiana Record, 07/24/2013