Lawmakers subpoena Transocean officials

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) — State senators are issuing a subpoena to Transocean officials, trying to get them to appear at a Thursday hearing aimed at getting more details about the oil spill gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee decided Tuesday to send the subpoena after Transocean notified the committee that its officials won't be attending the legislative hearing because they'll be in Washington for a congressional hearing.

Sen. Nick Gautreaux, chairman of the committee, says BP and Halliburton will have officials at Thursday's hearing, even though they also will participate in the congressional hearing. Gautreaux says Transocean can do the same.

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said later Tuesday that the company would send someone to appear at Thursday's hearing.

The drilling rig Deepwater Horizon was owned by Transocean Ltd. and leased by BP PLC. Halliburton Co. handled the well cementing job before the April 20 explosion destroyed the rig and caused the spill.

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