BP accused of withholding 'critical' spill data

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 19, 2010 23:09




WASHINGTON – The company that owned the oil rig which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is accusing BP of withholding critical evidence needed to investigate the cause of the worst offshore oil spill in US history, according to a confidential document obtained by The Associated Press.

The new complaint by Transocean follows similar complaints by US lawmakers about difficulties obtaining necessary information from BP in their investigations.

In a sternly worded letter to BP's attorneys, Transocean said the oil giant has in its sole possession information key to identifying the cause "of the tragic loss of eleven lives and the pollution in the Gulf of Mexico."

BP's refusal to turn over the documents has hampered Transocean's investigation and hindered what it has been able to tell families of the dead and state and federal investigators about the accident, the letter said.


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