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Court: Chemical Safety Board can investigate offshore spills

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Friday, March 13 2015 Mar 13, 2015 March 13, 2015 2:07 PM March 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Cain Burdeau

NEW ORLEANS - In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate offshore oil spills.

The board has been looking into the catastrophic blowout of a BP PLC well five years ago in the Gulf of Mexico. The drilling company, Transocean Deepwater Drilling Inc., contends that the board lacks authority to demand its documents.

On Thursday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Transocean's request for the full court to reconsider a three-judge panel's decision that the board does have authority to investigate offshore oil spills.

BP's Macondo well blew wild on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people and causing the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

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