A federal appeals court has denied Transocean’s request to delay enforcement of subpoenas from a federal agency investigating the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has been seeking additional documents from Transocean related to the accident, which killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was working on BP’s undersea Macondo well when it blew out.
Transocean sought to delay enforcement of the Chemical Safety Board subpoenas while it appeals a Houston federal judge’s order to comply with them.
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In its ruling this week denying the stay, a three-judge 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said Transocean “failed to justify making the government and the public wait any longer” for the safety board’s report and recommendations.
The Chemical Safety Board investigates accidental releases of harmful gases and makes recommendations for changes that could improve operations and save lives.
The court said further delays could cause the board to miss opportunities to prevent another accident.
Transocean argued that the board had no jurisdiction to investigate the accident.
The panel ruling on the case comprised Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Edith Brown Clement, Stephen A. Higginson.