BP, Transocean (RIG), and Halliburton (HAL) join forces in moving to block government reports on...

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor
BP, Transocean (RIG), and Halliburton (HAL) join forces in moving to block government reports on the Gulf oil spill from being used in pending civil cases. Citing legal precedent, BP is also asking a federal judge in New Orleans to bar plaintiffs from using past criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings against the company in court. The actions drew the quick ire of Rep. Edward Markey: "Whether it's Congress or courtrooms, these companies are trying to whitewash away this dark period in our nation's environmental history."