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U.S. To Probe BP Alaska Oil Spill

Law360 (February 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Adding to recent bad news for oil giant BP Plc, federal criminal investigators will conduct a probe into whether the alleged pipeline safety shortcuts the company took over the last nine years contributed to last year’s Prudhoe Bay, Alaska oil spill.

In March 2006, a BP employee discovered that at least 267,000 gallons had spilled out of pipelines in western Prudhoe Bay, forcing the company to shut down America’s largest national oil field.

In August, after the U.S. Department of Transportation mandated that the transit lines...
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