BP Fighting Against Extended Probation

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

In a case stemming from its large North Slope oil spill in 2006, BP is in court claiming it did not violate the terms of its probation by allowing another spill two years later. The company pled out on federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act after the 2006 spill. Then in 2008 it spilled about 13,000 gallons of oil onto the tundra at the Lisburne oilfield.

BP spokesman Steve Rinehart says the company has met all the terms of the plea agreement and does not need to remain on probation. Probation had been set to expire Nov. 28. It if is found to have violated it, an additional five years probation could be imposed as well as a $12 million fine.

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