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Apr 27, 2010 5:16 PM by Melissa Canone

Congressional Investigation Into Oil Rig Explosion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers have asked the owner and operator of
the oil rig that exploded last week in the Gulf of Mexico for
documents as part of a congressional investigation into the
accident.
The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee,
Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, and the chairman of the
committee's investigations subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Bart
Stupak of Michigan, made the request Tuesday. The congressmen sent
letters to Transocean Ltd., the rig's owner, and to BP PLC, which
operates the rig.
Waxman and Stupak want company documents on the risk of an
accident, potential responses and contingency plans, among other
things.
Eleven people are missing and presumed dead from the explosion
about 50 miles off Louisiana's coast.

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