Federal Judge Orders Transocean to Turn Over Safety Records

[B]Federal Judge Orders Transocean to Turn Over Safety Records-MARITME LAWYER NEWS[/B]

Transocean has been ordered by a federal judge on Friday to turn over safety records to a government panel investigating the [I]Deepwater Horizon[/I] disaster that occurred on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Transocean has balked in the past at turning over safety records to the government appointed panel of Coast Guard and industry regulators.

Transocean has repeatedly argued that the records aren’t relevant to the panel’s investigation, but U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday that the government is entitled to the documents.

A government attorney told Judge Barbier that the records were needed to determine if the [I]Deepwater Horizon[/I] oil rig explosion resulted from a systemic problem with Transocean’s rigs.