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Federal judge ends BP's probation

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ANCHORAGE — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed prosecutors’ argument that a BP subsidiary violated its probation after an oil spill because of another spill on Alaska’s North Slope.

Judge Ralph Beistline also lifted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.’s probation altogether.

BP had been convicted of negligent discharge of oil in 2007 for a 200,000-gallon spill on the North Slope a year earlier. There was another spill of 13,500 gallons in 2009.

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