WASHINGTON May 18 U.S. Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar told a Senate committee on Tuesday that BP's Atlantis
oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico was being
investigated, although he did not say whether the government
was conducting the probe.
"There is currently an investigation underway with respect
to the Atlantis," Salazar said in response to a senator's
question on whether government inspectors had checked out the
Atlantis platform following the explosion of BP's Deepwater
Horizon oil rig.
It was unclear if Salazar's comments referred to a
government investigation or a lawsuit in federal court filed by
a consumer group and a whistle-blower over safety issues
related to the Atlantis platform.
(Reporting by Tom Doggett and Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by