US Has Authority To Probe Deepwater Spill, 5th Circ. Told
Law360, New York (November 1, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday that it was well within its authority to subpoena Transocean Ltd. for information related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, subpoenas that were upheld by a Texas federal judge in March.
In response to Transocean's appeal of U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal's ruling permitting the subpoenas, the CSB argued that the Clean Air Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act give it the authority to investigate toxic chemical releases from the devastating and deadly Macondo well blowout in April 2010 and resulting oil spill, according to Thursday's court...
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