May 2, 2007 3:00 AM

Official admits BP withheld documents about oil pipeline spill

A top BP executive has acknowledged that the company withheld key documents last year from lawmakers who were investigating whether cost-cutting measures were a factor in the pipeline corrosion that caused Alaskas largest onshore oil spill. In a letter that congressional Democrats disclosed on Wednesday, BP America Chairman and President Robert Malone also said that he was troubled by the extent of oilfield workers frustrations in the period leading up to last years North Slope oil spill.

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