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Rig owner refuses to honor oil spill subpoenas


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas that challenge the company's involvement in monitoring the testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil spill disaster.

Transocean says the U.S. Chemical Safety Board does not have jurisdiction in the investigation, so it doesn't have a right to the documents and other items it wants.

The board, however, says it does have jurisdiction. It has asked the Justice Department to intervene to enforce the subpoenas.

Last week, the board demanded the testing of the failed blowout preventer stop until Transocean and Cameron International no longer have a hands-on role in the examination. It says it is a conflict of interest. The request is pending.

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