BP's Alaskan oil patch footprint shinks

    B-P's footprint in the Alaska oil patch shrank considerably as crude prices dropped, according to the company's tally of 2015 activity.

    The Alaska Dispatch reports that B-P's total employment, including contractors, dropped from 24,200 before oil prices collapsed in 2014 to 16,200.

    Taxes and royalties paid to federal, state, and local governments dropped by almost 90 percent, from 2-and-a-quarter billion dollars in 2014 to 263 million last year.

    B-P operates the Prudhoe Bay oil field for itself and for ConocoPhillips and Exxon-Mobil.

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