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BP Gets Oil Spill-Related U.S. Violation Notices; Will Appeal

December 09, 2011

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc, which got five additional U.S. violation notices tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, said it plans to appeal all citations related to operations on a drilling rig leased by the company.

BP, based in London, didn’t conduct accurate tests on the well it drilled off the Louisiana coast, and failed to suspend operations when they became unsafe, the Interior Department said today in a statement on the notices.

“The issues raised in today’s Incidents of Non-Compliance regarding drilling margins and related integrity testing played no causal role in the accident,” BP spokesman Scott Dean said in an e-mail. “BP intends to appeal these INCs, as well as those issued several weeks ago.”

BP, which owned the failed well, was cited for seven violations on Oct. 12, when the Interior Department issued notices to Transocean Ltd., owner of the rig BP leased to drill the Macondo well, and Halliburton Co., which provided cement that was being prepared to seal the well.

--Editors: Steve Geimann, Judy Pasternak

To contact the reporter on this story: Katarzyna Klimasinska in Washington at kklimasinska@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net;


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