E-Mails Suggest Budget Cuts Led To BP Alaska Spill

Law360, New York (May 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Newly revealed e-mails and reports regarding the management of British Petroleum PLC’s oil field in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska suggest that severe cost-cutting may have led to last year’s massive oil spill, a U.S. representative said on Wednesday.

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced the e-mail messages at a hearing on Wednesday before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The hearing examined whether new regulatory reforms could prevent problems like the Prudhoe Bay spill.

“These documents and reports strongly suggest the BP field managers were asked to...
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