Thursday, November 18, 2010

BP Probation Over Alaska Oil Spill Challenged - Reuters

Published November 18, 2010

A federal probation officer said BP PLC's (BP: 42.21 ,0.00 ,0.00%) Alaska unit should have its criminal probation revoked, Reuters news agency reported Thursday, citing a petition filed in U.S. District Court in Alaska.

Officer Mary Frances Barnes also said BP should be subject to additional penalties because it continued negligent behavior even after pleading guilty over its 2006 Prudhoe Bay pipeline spill, according to the report.

Barnes said a 2009 crude oil spill from a ruptured pipeline at the BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.-operated Lisburne field showed the company had failed to put in place reforms it promised in its 2007 Prudhoe Bay criminal plea agreement, the report said.

Barnes said she couldn't comment about the details of the BP case, and BP spokesman Steve Rinehart said the company would respond to her allegations, the report said.

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