BP Says 2009 Spill Didn't Violate Probation

Law360, New York (December 21, 2010, 12:47 PM EST) -- A BP PLC subsidiary has pled not guilty to allegations that a pipeline rupture in 2009 represented criminal negligence and a violation of the oil giant's $20 million settlement agreement over a 2006 spill near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. entered a plea of not guilty Monday before Judge John D. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, in response to allegations by U.S. Probation Officer Mary Frances Barnes that the rupture violated the oil company's probation.

"BP Alaska believes...
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