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The Wall Street Journal: BP Critic Says Alaska Facility Fire Wasn’t Reported At Time

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
October 12, 2007 10:57 a.m.

LONDON (Dow Jones)–A BP PLC (BP) critic said Thursday that a “serious” turbine fire at the company’s Alaska operations on Oct. 3 went unreported at the time.

In a letter sent to George Miller, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’s Education and Labor Committee, and to the media, Chuck Hamel, who has long been the voice of concerned workers at BP’s Alaska operations, said: “BP supervisors elected to keep (the accident) secret from the regulators and the public since it would not cause an immediate ‘noticeable’ impact on crude oil production.”

BP couldn’t immediately comment on the letter, which was sent to the media late Thursday U.S. time.

Saturday, BP reported its fifth fire in two months at the Alaska fields it is in charge of managing, leading to a likely production cut of about 30,000 barrels a day while repairs are carried out. Hamel’s letter suggests the Oct. 3 accident wasn’t included in this number.

Company Web site: http://www.bp.com

-By Benoit Faucon, Dow Jones Newswires; +44-20-7842-9266; [email protected]

 

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