Democrats demand answers on pipeline leaks
“We know what's wrong, and we have a plan for fixing it. We just need time to make these changes.”
WASHINGTON - BP's top U.S. executive acknowledged Wednesday that company budget pressures 'put our employees in a difficult place,' but he stopped short of saying that cost-cutting contributed to the largest oil spill ever on Alaska's North Slope.
Pipeline corrosion and leaks caused two accidents last year that spilled more than 200,000 gallons of oil in the Prudhoe Bay oilfield.
'We recognize there were extreme budget pressures at Prudhoe Bay,' BP America chairman Robert Malone told lawmakers investigating the oil spill. Read more
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#1 May 17, 2007
Excuses are not acceptable. Oil companies are making record profits, but can't seem to maintain equipment. This is costing consumers in more ways than one. A stiff fine is in order, neglect should be discouraged.
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