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BP on the Spot in Alaska

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Posted on Nov 20, 2010
AP / Al Grillo

A BP crew works on an oil transit pipeline at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope in 2006.

A series of oil spills in Alaska is ratcheting up the pressure on British Petroleum operations there. A huge 2006 North Slope spill, which led to fines and probation, and another leak last November have rattled Alaskan state officials, who are now out for blood, seeking new fines and scrutiny of the troubled oil giant.—JCL

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BP is facing new fines in connection with its criminal conviction for a huge oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope in 2006.

Federal probation officer Mary Frances Barnes argued in an Anchorage federal court yesterday that a second spill in Alaska in November last year constituted a violation of its probation.

In 2006, a corroded pipeline leaked 200,000 gallons of oil on to the tundra in the worst leak in the history of the North Slope. The company was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $20m (£12.5m) in criminal penalties and restitution.

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By diamond, November 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

When Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney are in charge of energy policy you are really in the shit.

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By purplewolf, November 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

Diamond:This type of drilling is known as fracking and they use over 600 different chemicals forced into the ground to break up the rocks to obtain the gas trapped underground. This process poisons the ground, plants,animals, water and the air. But hey, it only will kill the people.

Patrick Henry: No, Sarah the slob will not be cleaning up the mess her owners(BP& fiends) will be making. She is all for big oil to start drilling in ANWAR. And as Sarah says about the Gulf oil spill this year, if they had been drilling underground like she plans on,it would not matter if the oil leak happened underground, she claims it would be okay and do no harm at all. I guess with her if it is out of sight it and you can’t see it, it doesn’t matter.Just drill baby, drill.

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By PatrickHenry, November 21, 2010 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

Probation?  How do you lock up a company?

Asset seizure is the only thing these rich pricks understand.

Corporate personhood has to end and make those who profit most responsible for jail time.

I wonder if Sarah Pailin will be cleaning up the oil spill in one of her new episodes.

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By diamond, November 21, 2010 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

Fuck off shuole, you dummy.

Never mind about BP, you should keep an eye out for those Halliburton trucks driving around and drilling for coal seam gas all over America. There’s a great new documentary called ‘Gasland’ which is more like a horror movie than a documentary about what Halliburton and energy companies are doing to the land, water, humans and animals that live in proximity to where they’re drilling. The sight of people being able to actually set fire to the water that’s coming out of their taps as a consequence of the drilling is shocking and bizarre. The reason these companies are able to do this is that Dick Cheney had a law passed in 2005 that meant these companies would never be held accountable for anything they do to the poor suckers who take the money and let them drill on their land. One thing’s for sure: Dick Cheney is the living embodiment of what Shakespeare wrote in ‘Julius Caesar’ - ‘The evil that men do lives after them…’

I don’t know what it will take for Deadly Dick to go to jail. He seems to have the goods on people in high places and they don’t dare lay a finger on him. Like a true Nazi he wants to take America down with him when he goes.

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