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May 17, 2010 4:25 PM by Chris Welty

Possible Criminal & Civil Investigation Into Oil Spill

WASHINGTON (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer and other
Democrats on the Senate environment committee are calling for the
Department of Justice to open a criminal and civil investigation
into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Boxer, who chairs the environment panel, said that operators of
the Deepwater Horizon oil rig did not appear to have required
equipment and technology needed to respond to the spill, which has
dumped millions of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico.
Six other Democratic senators and independent Sen. Bernie
Sanders of Vermont joined Boxer in requesting the Justice
Department investigation.
Boxer said BP officials appeared to misstate the company's
ability to respond to an oil spill resulting from a blowout.

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