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BP cited for 5 more alleged violations

BP cited for 5 more alleged violations related to blown-out well that led to Gulf oil spill By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ' Federal regulators have issued a second set of violations against BP for activities related to the blown-out well that led to the deaths of 11 rig workers and the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued five violations Wednesday. The violations claim BP failed to conduct an accurate pressure integrity test and failed to suspend drilling operations "when the safe drilling margin identified in the approved application for permit to drill was not maintained."

Federal regulators in October cited BP PLC for seven violations and contractors Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton for four violations apiece.

BSEE director James Watson says the second round of violations is based on "additional regulatory violations by BP."

BP has 60 days to appeal.

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