New Orleans, La. – The Coast Guard is conducting the hearings with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The session will zero in on the forensic testing that's been done on the blowout preventer that couldn't stop the oil spill. The government is pressing rig owner Transocean to compel key employees to testify, but the company says it will send a technology expert to the meeting. The joint investigation covers the cause of the blowout, explosions and fire that followed. Panel findings will be used in developing equipment and changing regulations. The blowout preventer report is expected within a month; the full report sometime this summer.
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