There will be humiliation for BP this week, when its Alaskan Division will have to open up its offices to US lawyers working for a federal grand jury in Anchorage who are investigating the March spill of 270,000 gallons of crude oil. The lawyers will be crawling over BP’s Prudhoe Bay operations for nine days.

However there is some good news for the beleaguered oil giant. The company is being allowed to continue to operate the oil pipeline from its giant Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, without performing a special pipeline cleaning operation that had been ordered following the spill.

How long before another spill? Hopefully not whilst the lawyers are still there..