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ID:

707

Date:

2014-11-26

Headline:

Lawmaker says investigators suppressed concerns about a BP offshore oil platform

Reporter's name:

Josh Hicks

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Washington Post

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

A report by the Department of the Interiorís inspector general acknowledged that the DOIís Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, Regulation and Enforcement altered its review of a BP oil platform, excluding what the three structural engineers involved in the investigation characterized as a pair of substantial risks: concerns about some underwater parts, and uncertainty regarding whether BP - fresh on the heels of the Deepwater Horizon disaster - had finalized all of the platformís designs.

Notes:

Earthjustice, an environmental group, used FOIA to obtain the findings of the IGís report in September 2014, a couple months before a Washington Post inquiry led the Department to release the report publicly. A representative of the IGís office noted that the agency usually waited for several FOIA requests before publishing its reports, but that it was revising its standards.

Keywords:

BP, Atlantis, Deepwater Horizon, Earthjustice, Raul Grijalva, inspector general, Department of the Interior, DOI, oil, drilling, platform, investigation, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast, whistleblower, Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, Regulation and Enforcement, BOEMRE, False Claims Act

URL:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/lawmaker-says-investigators-suppressed-concerns-about-a-bp-offshore-oil-platform/2014/11/26/15019646-74cb-11e4-bd1b-03009bd3e984_story.html


Agencies:

DOI

States:

AZ
LA
TX

Categories:

business
energy
environment
workplace safety


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