EPA says BP ignored alarms before Alaska spill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Environmental Protection Agency investigator says BP ignored alarms that warned of the likelihood of a 13,500-gallon oil spill in 2009 on Alaska’s North Slope.

Matt Goer of the agency’s criminal division in Anchorage testified Tuesday. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke the probation of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. from a 2007 misdemeanor conviction for a 200,000-gallon spill.

Prosecutors say BP is a recidivist offender of environmental laws and the company remained negligent in monitoring pipelines.

BP contends the 2009 spill was an accident that could not have been anticipated and not a criminal act.

The Anchorage Daily News reports BP attorneys will argue that the company’s probation from the 2007 conviction should end.

The hearing continues Wednesday and could take at least four days.

3 Comments

  1. Gary Packwood

    We need to back up and start all over again with how we work with companies who drill for oil and natural gas.

    This has finally reached… crazy!

    If business organizations agree to take on the risk and hire the right people to drill down in the ocean or drill anywhere in hostile conditions, we need to protect those companies who are after all, allowing us to heat and cool our homes, drive our cars and keep the economy running.

    The EPA is not going to nationalize the oil and gas industry by expanding the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We’ve tried that. It doesn’t work.

    So quit trying EPA!

    Instead, lets insure our oil companies whenever they need to work in hostile condition – sometimes near combat conditions – and show a little appreciation for the sacrifices they make.

    Just think different while we all search for alternative forms of energy.
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    GP

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  2. HaHA

    Gary, how are they taking on the risks if they aren’t held responsible for their actions?

    I don’t plan on thanking anyone for cutting corners and operating without integrity and accountability.

    What we need to do is ensure that companies who are willing to operate with best practice are allowed to operate (they should feel privileged to produce America’s oil and gas while making large amounts of money doing it… it’s not like they are out there barely getting by in the name of public service like our teachers, policeman, military, and others), and keep the others out of the business.

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  3. Mike H.

    BP cut corners on just running a cleaning pig, a basic step to reduce internal corrosion on crude oil pipelines:

    http://truthout.org/how-bushs-doj-killed-a-criminal-probe-into-bp-that-threatened-net-top-officials59648

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/20/national/20spill.html

    This is on par with a Fleet Manager not changing crankcase oil on the Fleet’s vehicle; Save a few dimes short term, but is disastrous long term.

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