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Regulators: North Slope spills were not reported

ANCHORAGE - BP Exploration (Alaska) and its drilling contractor, Nabors Alaska Drilling, neglected to report spills at two Prudhoe Bay well sites, according to state environmental regulators...
State calls on Nabors to mediate labor dispute

ANCHORAGE - State Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan is urging Alaska's dominant oil well drilling contractor to agree to mediation in a long-running contract standoff with its unionized workers. Flanagan, in a letter to Nabors Alaska...
Outside editorial: Lessons from the BP Fiasco

...major owner of the well; Halliburton, which was pumping cement into the well when it blew; and Transocean, the drilling contractor, all took shortcuts to save time and money when less risky options were possible, the commission says. Those...
Two firms in Southeast pay sizable environmental fines

...respond to calls for comment Monday afternoon. The Greens Creek Mine, 18 miles southwest of Juneau, and its drilling contractor, Connors Drilling, of Montrose, Colo., also agreed in April to pay a $12,900 fine for two leaks the company...
In Gulf disaster, echoes, lessons of Exxon Valdez spill

...because the current spill might have 10 times more victims than there were in Alaska, and in part because BP, the drilling contractor and other companies involved in the blowout are pointing fingers at each other. Denny Kelso was Alaska's commissioner...
State begins own review of oil industry practices

...heavy drill rig on a gravel production island in the producing Endicott field, which BP operates. BP and its drilling contractor, Parker Drilling Co., are completing construction of a heavy custom-built new drill rig now at the Endicott...
Report says BP helped state in cheating probe

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage newspaper is reporting that Alaska officials allowed British Petroleum PLC and a drilling contractor to help investigate complaints lodged in 2005 that the contractor cheated on tests of blowout preventers with BP's...


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