BP Withholding “Critical Evidence” In Gulf Oil Spill Case
August 19, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – Transocean, the company that owns the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in April and caused the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, has accused the company of withholding critical information that proves the cause of the explosion, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Associated Press has gained a copy of the letter, which was sent to BP’s lawyers and contained a harsh accusation of corporate corruption.
“It appears that BP is withholding evidence in an attempt to prevent any entity other than BP from investigating the cause of the April 20th incident and the resulting spill,” it said.
This will not come as a shock to most. BP has been shown to have increasingly disturbing potential dealings behind the scenes, including the possible leaning on the Scottish government for the release of the Lockerbie bomber as a means of pacifying Libya and their supporters, and criminally ignoring part of a plea deal from a 2005 explosion, which it was found in 2009 they did not complete.
BP has verified the existence of the letter, but a spokesperson has denied the accusations, calling them ‘misleading’.
But Transocean points out that if there is no evidence in the files, there should be no reason they would be unwilling to hand them over for review from the proper authorities.
“Despite Transocean’s prompt and transparent production of information requested by BP, BP has continued to demonstrate its unwillingness, if not an outright refusal, to deliver even the most basic information to Transocean.”