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BP disputes claims it manipulated data

August 22, 2006
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According to the Associated Press, British oil company BP denied allegations it manipulated data from inspections of Alaska pipelines which were partially shut down earlier this month because of corrosion problems. The Financial Times reported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was probing allegations by BP PLC workers that the company manipulated data to avoid replacing pipelines in the Prudhoe Bay, Alaska oil field. Alaska Attorney General David Marquez told a special hearing of the state legislature being held in Anchorage on Friday that the state had served subpoenas to BP and other Prudhoe Bay leaseholders to preserve all documentation related to the Aug. 6 event and pipeline corrosion dating to 1996. The Financial Times quoted unidentified workers as claiming that BP inspected more areas of known good pipe than bad, creating the impression that the pipeline was in better shape than it really was. Days after the shutdown, the Transportation Department''s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered the company to conduct more rigorous tests on the so-called transit pipelines, which carry market-ready oil to the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline. DOT engineers have been at the site since Aug. 8.

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