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"[C]ommunications between MMS and congressional staff have suggested that while the company by law must maintain 'as-built' documents, there is no requirement that such documents be complete or accurate," the letter said. "This statement, if an accurate interpretation of MMS authorities, raises serious concerns" and requires "a thorough review at the agency level, the legal level and the corporate level. The world's largest oil rig cannot continue to operate without safety documentation. The situation is unacceptable and deserves immediate scrutiny.

"We also request that MMS describe how a regulation that requires offshore operators to maintain certain engineering documents, but does not require that those documents be complete or accurate, is appropriately protective of human health and the environment."

On March 26, MMS launched a formal investigation and is expected to file a report detailing its findings next month.

Zach Corrigan, a senior attorney with Food & Water Watch, said in an interview Thursday that he hopes MMS "will perform a real investigation" and if the agency fails to do so, Congress should immediately hold oversight hearings "and ensure that the explosion and mishap of the Horizon platform is not replicated."

"MMS didn't act on this for nearly a year," Corrigan said. "They seemed to think it wasn't a regulatory or an important safety issue. Atlantis is a real vulnerability."

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Jason Leopold is Deputy Managing Editor of and the founding editor of the online investigative news magazine The Public Record, He is the author of the National Bestseller, "News Junkie," a memoir. Visit (more...)

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Excellent piece of writing and top notch journalis... by Jeffrey Rock on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:48:29 AM
Demand PROTECTIONS for whistleblowers .........DO ... by James Roop on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10:44:17 AM
He hasn't seen a corporation he doesn't love. He's... by 911TRUTH on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 12:09:54 PM
right!... by Jeffrey Rock on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 7:19:24 PM
This was just another Investor-Banker Class driven... by Hoss Hoss on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 2:37:22 PM
Turning this debacle into a "clerical issue" is no... by Dave Kisor on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 5:14:13 PM
Jason,As a conservative free enterprise advocate I... by Recce1 on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 2:02:32 AM
No environmental group would blow up an oil rig ju... by Dave Kisor on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 4:21:11 PM