Judge: BP official must undergo medical exam

NEW ORLEANS (AP)   A federal judge has decided a court-appointed doctor should examine a BP PLC employee who claims medical problems prevent him from being questioned under oath about the deadly 2010 rig explosion that spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Rig owner Transocean Ltd. wants to question Donald Vidrine, who was one of BP's well site leaders on the Deepwater Horizon, for a trial designed to determine what caused the blowout of BP's well on April 20, 2010.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier upheld an earlier decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan to appoint an independent doctor to examine Vidrine and determine if he is able to give a deposition.

Shushan said the exam doesn't have to take place before the trial starts on Feb. 27.