The Alaska subsidiary of British energy company BP PLC has pleaded guilty to a federal environmental crime for failing to prevent a 2006 spill in America’s largest oil field.

BP Exploration Alaska Inc. pleaded guilty to one violation of the Clean Water Act for a 200,000-gallon spill at the Prudhoe Bay field in March 2006.

The company agreed to a sentence of $20 million in fines related to the spill, the largest ever in the vast, oil-rich region of Arctic Alaska known as the North Slope.



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