Barton to Browne: BP’s Prudhoe Bay actions ‘inexcusable’

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tex.) questioned BP PLC’s commitment to safety, reliability, and responsible stewardship of US energy resources on Aug. 11.In a letter to BP Chief Executive John Browne, Barton said representatives of the multinational oil company assured the committee that the condition of an Alaskan North Slope oil pipeline that leaked in March was an anomaly, and that the company’s corrosion control program was effectively monitoring and maintaining the pipeline infrastructure there.“News that BP production of roughly 400,000 b/d of crude oil at Prudhoe Bay has been shut down due to excessive corrosion of its oil transit lines...

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