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BP faces criminal inquiry into Alaskan oil spill

Date: 9 Jun 2006

BP faces a criminal investigation in the US following its massive oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

The company admitted it had received a subpoena over the affair after internal emails were leaked. It said that the information it was to hand over would show that it had acted properly.

The spill, which BP blames on internal corrosion in the pipes, saw around 1m litres of oil enter the environment. The company denies it did not maintain the pipeline properly.

BP is already being investigated for the blast at its Texas refinery in 2005 which killed 15 people.

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