It is hard to say if the public will ever get the full and true story about what exactly happened in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20th, 2010. However, Transocean is now on the defensive about their role in the accident, and their actions could force BP to provide more data about the disaster.
Transocean is the owner of the oil rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf. BP was leasing and running the rig at the time of the explosion. Now that Transocean is under fire for their possible role in the disaster (249 lawsuits, and counting), they are going after BP. This is what Steven L. Roberts, one of Transocean’s lawyers had to say about BP:
“BP has continued to demonstrate its unwillingness, if not outright refusal, to deliver even the most basic information to Transocean…This is troubling, both in light of BP’s frequently stated public commitment to openness and a fair investigation and because it appears that BP is withholding evidence in an attempt to prevent any other entity other than BP from investigating…” (Quote courtesy of BBC UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11033247)
Not only did Transocean lawyers make the above statement, but it was forwarded to members of Congress and Obama’s cabinet. BP’s reply was basically a generic denial of wrong doing and a scolding of Transocean for talking bad about them…
Oil in the Gulf (satellite pictures from June):
Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr