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Texas judge bars BP from destroying spill records

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Posted: May 11, 2010 11:28 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Houston, BP, Transocean, Stephen Stone, Judge Reece Rondon

A judge in Houston has extended an order barring BP PLC, Transocean Ltd. and other parties in the Gulf oil spill from destroying documents, e-mails and other possible evidence in lawsuits.

Judge Reece Rondon, at a hearing Tuesday, extended the order until May 25.

The order was initially granted April 30 on behalf of Stephen Stone, a BP employee who was on the offshore rig at the time of the April 20 explosion that left 11 workers dead.

Stone's attorney Brent Coon says he sought the order because in a previous case against BP, in a 2005 refinery explosion in Texas City, e-mails that served as evidence had been removed from the oil
giant's computers.

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