>Deepwater Joint Investigation Board Concludes 2nd Day of Hearing

>KENNER, La. – The Deepwater Horizon joint investigation board concluded its first two days of hearings into the circumstances surrounding the explosion, fire, pollution and sinking of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon, with multiple loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.

The initial proceedings established the foundation for the investigation. Testimony included discussion regarding the search and rescue aspects of the casualty, accounts/actions of the vessel involved in rendering assistance to the evacuated crew, and all aspects of the safety net (USCG, MMS, and Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Flag Administration).

It is expected that there will be two or three more public proceedings of the joint investigation. The dates for these meetings will depend on the availability of witnesses, and any on-scene investigation which is being conducted to support the investigation. Subsequent proceedings will examine the corporate safety culture of the Deepwater Horizon owner and operator, leaseholders as well as the recovery, examination, analysis and evaluation of the critical drilling and blow out preventer equipment.

At this time, the second public proceeding is scheduled to take place on May 25-29, 2010, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Radisson New Orleans Airport, 2150 Veterans Blvd., Kenner, La.

Full coverage of the investigation is available online at www.deepwaterinvestigation.com.

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