Saturday, May 29, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Minerals Management Service (MMS) began co-chairing an investigation starting May 11, 2010 to identify the factors leading to the explosion, loss of life, sinking, and subsequent oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, which began on April 20, 2010.

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad W. Allen, Minerals Management Service Director S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed an order convening the joint investigation. Mr. David Dykes, MMS, and Captain Hung Nguyen, USCG, are the co-chairs of the joint investigation. The USCG and MMS share jurisdiction for the investigation of casualties occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf. The agencies have a Memoranda of Agreement establishing the roles and responsibilities related to each agency’s areas of expertise.

Upon completion of the joint investigation, the team will issue a single report to the MMS Director and the Commandant of the Coast Guard containing the evidence brought forward, facts established and its conclusions and recommendations. The report will be submitted simultaneously to both agencies. The Commandant of the Coast Guard and the MMS Director will jointly sign and release the final report.

Public hearings for the joint investigation were held May 11-12 & May 26-29, 2010 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT). List of witnesses

Contact Info:

Oil Spill Response or (985) 902-5231

Marine Board Process: USCG – (504) 671-2019

Outer Continental Shelf Regulations: MMS – (504) 736-2485

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