by Becky Bohrer
The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Two congressmen raised concerns about BP's operations on Alaska's North Slope months before an oil rig the company was operating exploded and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Reps. Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak cited at least four "significant" incidents in Alaska in 2008 and 2009, including a pressure valve problem they said could have caused an explosion.
The two, in a January letter to the president of BP Exploration Alaska, also worried that proposed BP budget cuts could threaten the company's ability to maintain safe operations.