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BP denied White House emails on oil spill response

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Posted: Jul 20, 2011 12:30 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2011 2:18 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: BP, White House, emails, spill response, BP PLC, court order, President Barack Obama, Gulf oil spill, New Orleans, Carol Browner, Gulf of Mexico, blow-out, Justice Department, Deepwater Horizon, WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has refused to order the White House to provide BP with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last summer's massive Gulf oil spill.

A company lawyer said emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser on energy and climate matters, could shed light on the White House's role in estimating the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's blown-out well.

But the request was denied Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan, who said BP didn't sufficiently show why it needs the documents.

The Justice Department said BP's request was overly broad.

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