BP agrees to pay $25m charge

BP has agreed to pay a $25m (£15m) civil penalty plus interest to settle a federal investigation into a pipeline oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope in 2006. The oil spill in Alaska is one of several environmental and safety problems that has beset BP in the United States in recent years, including a deadly explosion at an oil refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers and most recently last year’s historic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The penalty is the result of BP violating US environmental laws when it spilled crude oil in waters on the North Slope.