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    Deepwater joint investigation team gets extension to deadline

    News // October 25, 2010

    The US Coast Guard (USCG)/ Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has announced that it has requested and been granted an extension of the deadline for its final report.

    The approval was provided by USCG Commandant Admiral Robert J Papp and BOEMRE Director Michael R Bromwich. The extension was requested to allow for additional time needed to complete forensic testing, as well as provide sufficient time for a final public hearing on the forensic evidence. This hearing is tentatively scheduled for the week of January 24, 2011.

    The April 27, 2010, order convening the JIT directs that "the JIT issue a single report containing the evidence adduced, the facts established thereby, and its conclusions and recommendations within nine months of the convening date." That original deadline is January 27, 2011.

    The order further states, "if this deadline cannot be met, at least thirty calendar days prior, a written explanation for the delay and the expected completion date shall be submitted to the Director, [then-MMS], and Commandant, USCG."

    The approval is a 60-day extension of the deadline to March 27, 2011.


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