Congressman raises alarms about BP oil platform

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A Democratic congressman accused federal investigators of suppressing concerns about the structural safety of BP’s Atlantis offshore oil platform, a facility similar to the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and caused ecological devastation four years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said in a Nov. 6 letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that the Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, Regulation and Enforcement failed to disclose key details about its investigation of Atlantis, which is about 150 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.

All three structural engineers who took part in the investigation thought the final report should mention signs of trouble with some of the rig’s underwater parts, as well as disagreement about whether BP had all of its final designs in place, according to a report by the Washington Post.

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