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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Alaska Pipeline Leaks – Guilty Plea

British Petroleum Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (BPXA) agreed to plead guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act for leaks of crude oil from a pipeline onto the tundra and a frozen lake on Alaska’s North Slope. BPXA will pay a $12 million criminal fine, $4 million in community service payments to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $4 million in criminal restitution to the state of Alaska. BPXA will also serve three years of probation and will be required to replace 16 miles of pipeline at an estimated cost of $150 million. The government alleged that two different leaks from BPXA oil transit lines occurred in March and August of 2006 due to BPXA’s failure to heed warning signs of imminent internal corrosion that a reasonable operator should have recognized. The leaks resulted in a spill of more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil. In November 2010, the government petitioned the court to revoke BXPA’s probation on the grounds that its conduct prior to another North Slope oil spill in November 2009 constituted criminal negligence and thus violated the terms of probation.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Criminal
Disposition
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea
10/25/2007
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
BP P.L.C. $20,000,000
Further Information Released
Petition to Revoke Probation 11/20/2010
DOJ Press Release 10/30/2007
EPA Press Release 10/30/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database