Deepwater Horizon hearings tomorrow Radisson Airport 2150 Veterans Blvd.

Different hotel announced for Deepwater Horizon hearings in Gulf oil spill investigation
By The Times-Picayune
May 10, 2010, 6:26PM

NASA via The Associated Press
There has been a change of venue for the joint investigation hearings for the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Minerals Management System announced Monday afternoon.

The formal public hearings will be held at the Radisson New Orleans Airport, 2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Kenner, in the Bayou Meeting Room.

The hearings will be Tuesday and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service have released the names of witnesses expected to testify, to identify what led to the explosion, loss of life, sinking and subsequent oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, which began on April 20.

Expected to testify on Tuesday:
Kevin Robb, Coast Guard 8th District search and rescue specialist
Alwin Landry, Master of the vessel Damon Bankston
Anthony Gervaso, engineer on the Bankston
Paul Erickson, Chief mate on the Bankston
Frank Patton, MMS permitting
Eric Neal, MMS inspector
Bob Neal, MMS inspector

Scheduled to tesify on Wednesday:
Michael Saucier, MMS regulatory and inspection programs
Cpt. Verne Gifford, 8th Coast Guard District Chief of Prevention
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Odom, Liquified Gas Carried National Center of Expertise, National Technical Advisor
Lt. Barbara Wilk, investigating officer, Coast Guard marine Safety Unit, Morgan City
Brian Bubar, Deputy Commissioner Maritime Affairs, Republic of Marshall Islands
Cpt.Thomas Heinan, Deputy Commissioner Maritime Affairs, Republic of Marshall Islands
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, Minerals Management Service Director S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed an order convening the joint investigation.
David Dykes of MMS and Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen are the co-chairs of the joint investigation.

The USCG and MMS share jurisdiction for the investigation of casualties occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf. The agencies have a Memoranda of Agreement establishing the roles and responsibilities related to each agency’s areas of expertise.

Upon completion of the joint investigation, the team will issue a single report to the MMS Director and the Commandant of the Coast Guard containing the evidence brought forward, facts established and its conclusions and recommendations.

The report will be submitted simultaneously to both agencies


~ by maringouin on Monday, May 10, 2010.

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