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Transocean, US resolve dispute over key evidence

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Posted: Sep 16, 2010 5:10 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 5:26 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Transocean, BP, Judge Carl Barbier, Gulf of Mexico, Oil Spill

A dispute between the owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and the federal government over how a key piece of evidence is being handled has been resolved.

A lawyer for Transocean Ltd. said during a federal court hearing in New Orleans on Thursday that the government has agreed to flush the control pods on the blowout preventer to keep the device from corroding before investigators analyze it to determine why it failed to stop the massive oil spill.

Because of the resolution between the parties, Judge Carl Barbier denied a motion Transocean filed Wednesday seeking to compel the government to make sure the device is properly safeguarded during the investigation.

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