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Case CPF 520065015H

This report lists key information pertaining to a particular enforcement case (1). For cases initiated after January 1, 2007, electronic files of PHMSA's initial notice letter, the operator's initial response letter (if any), and PHMSA's Final Order (if an Order is issued) are provided. PHMSA only issues Final Orders in certain situations. For example, Final Orders are not issued for Warning Letters and most Notices of Amendment.

Case Summary 
Case Number 520065015H
Case Type Corrective Action Order
Region Western
Date Opened 03/15/06
Consent Order Date 05/03/11
Date Closed 03/06/12

PHMSA issued this Corrective Action Order to BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc., (BPXA) for a spill on the North Slope of Alaska on March 15, 2006. BPXA experienced another spill on the North Slope in August 2006. As a result of the spills and probable violations of the Corrective Action Order, PHMSA and the EPA referred the matter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for judicial enforcement. In March 2009, the U.S. filed suit against BPXA alleging violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the federal Pipeline Safety Laws and seeking civil penalties and injunctive relief. In July 2011, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska approved a consent decree among the parties in which BPXA agreed to pay a combined $25 million civil penalty. The government allocated $4.5 million of the penalty for pipeline safety matters. This is in addition to the approximately $200 million that BPXA had already spent replacing the lines that leaked on the North Slope.

The Response Options for Pipeline Operators in Compliance Proceedings provides a more detailed description of an operator's options in responding to enforcement cases. This document accompanies all NOPV and NOA letters. The document linked here is the current version. The corresponding document at the time the case was opened may differ from the current version.

The set of documents provided here may be incomplete.

fileglyph520065015H_Consent Decree Appendix A_07132011.pdf 1,017 KB scanned version
fileglyph520065015H_Consent Decree Appendix A_07132011_text.pdf 1,808 KB accessible version
fileglyph520065015H_Consent Decree_07132011.pdf 347 KB scanned version
fileglyph520065015H_Consent Decree_07132011_text.pdf 347 KB accessible version
fileglyph520065015H_Corrective_Action_Order_03152006.pdf 254 KB scanned version
fileglyph520065015H_closure letter_03062012.pdf 34 KB scanned version
fileglyph520065015H_closure letter_03062012_text.pdf 12 KB accessible version
fileglyphBP 5-2006-5015H - Final.pdf 270 KB scanned version
fileglyphCPF_5_2006_5015H.pdf 125 KB scanned version
fileglyphCPF_NO5-2006-5015H.pdf 410 KB scanned version
fileglyphCPF_NO5-2006-5015H.txt 21 KB accessible version
fileglyphCPF_No_5-2006-5015 Amendment-2.pdf 450 KB scanned version
fileglyphCPF_No_5-2006-5015 Amendment-2.txt 23 KB accessible version
fileglyphcpf_5_2006_5015h_text.pdf 703 KB accessible version

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  1. PHMSA Safety Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for the Pipeline Safety Enforcement Tracking System as of March 2, 2018.

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