North Slope Oil Spill
BP pleads not guilty to probation violation
BP is fighting charges that it violated probation.
The Anchorage Daily News says the oil giant pleaded not guilty on Monday to probation violations related to a criminal conviction for a North Slope oil spill in 2006.
BP has been on probation since it pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act for the spill blamed on a corroded Prudhoe Bay pipeline.
Federal prosecutors say BP violated probation when it spilled about 13,000 gallons of oil onto the tundra at the Lisburne oil field three years later.
BP Alaska spokesman Steve Rinehart says that the company has met all the terms of its 2007 plea agreement and doesn’t need to remain on probation.
The company has agreed to abide by the terms of its probation while the case proceeds in federal court.
Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com