BP Fined $62 million for Blast and Spill Under Deal with U.S.

BP Fined $62 million for Blast and Spill Under Deal with U.S.

Source: http://enr.construction.com, October 31, 2007

In two plea agreements with the U.S. Justice Dept., energy giant BP Products North America Inc. agreed on Oct. 25 to pay a $62-million criminal fine for a 2005 explosion at a Texas refinery that killed 15 people and for petroleum pipeline spills last year on Alaska’s North Slope. BP also must spend $415 million on improvements to the refinery and the pipeline. Of the total fine, $50 million is for Clean Air Act violations related to the refinery explosion. The $12-million pipeline fine cites BP’s failure to inspect or clean the corroded pipeline.

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