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Prosecutors seek to revoke BP spill case probation; company called repeat offender in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ' Federal prosecutors say BP is a repeat offender of environmental laws on Alaska's North Slope and its probation should be revoked from a 2007 conviction for negligent discharge of oil.
Prosecutors will make their case at a court hearing Nov. 29 in Anchorage. The hearing was reported first by the Anchorage Daily News.
Prosecutors say a November 2009 spill indicates BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. failed to comply with court orders to give high priority to maintenance.
The 2009 spill occurred when water froze within a pipeline, causing it to over-pressurize, burst and spill 13,000 gallons of oil onto tundra at the Lisburne oil field.
BP Alaska officials say the company wasn't negligent in the spill. They say circumstances were different than previous spills and alarms were not ignored.
Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com