08/20/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – BP has been accused by one of its partners of hiding oil spill documents. As reported by AFP, Transocean, which owned oil the rig linked to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, recently published a letter making accusations that BP attempted to halt probes into the oil rig explosion on April 20.
Steven L. Roberts, an attorney for the company, is quoted by AFP as writing in the letter, “BP has continued to demonstrate its unwillingness, if not outright refusal, to deliver even the most basic information to Transocean… This is troubling, both in light of BP’s frequently stated public commitment to openness and a fair investigation and because it appears that BP is withholding evidence in an attempt to prevent any other entity other than BP from investigating.”
BP has denounced the letter citing that the claims are invalid. James Neath, counsel for BP, is further quoted as releasing a response to Transocean stating, “Given its content and tone, your letter is nothing more than a publicity stunt evidently designed to draw attention away from Transocean’s potential role in the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.”
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