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caused landslides and damage to soil and groundwater, causing crops to fail, livestock to perish, contaminating water supplies and making fish ponds unsustainable.
BP's ceaseless efforts to promote itself as an environmentally responsible energy producer took a serious blow yesterday after a US congressional committee said "a mountain of evidence" showed the company's cost-cutting on maintenance had led to a large oil spill in Alaska. The US government said it was "highly likely" to fine BP over the leaks.
Hilda Solis, the US Labor Secretary, said authorities had found 439 current "wilful and egregious" safety violations which "if unaddressed could lead to another catastrophe".
The clean air regulator also charges that BP failed to control emissions from the tanks, leading to complaints of headaches and nausea from pupils at nearby schools and the evacuation of some classrooms two years ago.
BP were today (Friday 18 January 2002) fined a total of £1m at Falkirk Sheriff Court, following two incidents at their Grangemouth refinery in June 2000. The charges were: failing to ensure the safety of non-employees (members of the public), so far as was reasonably practical, following a steam rupture; and, failing to ensure the safety of employees, so far as was reasonably practical, following a fire in a catalytical converter.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. today pleaded guilty to one felony count related to the illegal disposal of hazardous waste on Alaska’s North Slope, and it agreed to spend $22 million to resolve the criminal case and related civil claims, the Justice Department announced.
A public inquiry into the sinking of the Sea Gem concluded metal fatigue in part of the suspension system linking the hull to the legs was to blame.
The inquiry recommended improving safety precautions such as regular inspections, a clear chain of command and better communication with workers