BP was hit with five more safety citations from the U.S. government relating to the Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill. The latest set of government citations for BP come on top of seven “incidents of noncompliance” that the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement handed out to the company in October. James Watson, Director of the Bureau, said in a statement:
Further review of the evidence demonstrated additional regulatory violations by BP in its drilling and abandonment operations at the Macondo well.
The details of the fines had not been released at press time, but the Bureau will consider civil penalties after the 60-day appeal period for the citations is completed. By law, BP faces fines of up to $35,000 a day, per incident, for the violations. The new citations for BP focus on the failure to conduct an accurate pressure integrity test and failure to suspend drilling operations when the approved safe drilling margin for its well was not maintained. As we have come to expect, BP immediately attempted to downplay the citations. It said in a statement that the issues raised in these latest citations “played no causal role in the accident.” BP said it plans to appeal these notices, as well as the notices issued earlier.
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