BP Texas City explosion trial ends in settlement

18 September 2007 19:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Refiner BP settled a lawsuit filed in connection to an explosion at its Texas refinery in Texas City, the only complaint that has made it to trial, the company said on Tuesday.

The settlement was announced on Tuesday in court, said Neil Chapman, BP spokesman. He did not disclose the terms of the settlement of the Galveston County, Texas, court case.

The 23 March 2005 blast in Texas City killed 15 workers and injured 180 others.

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) faulted BP  in the explosion, saying in a report that BP’s flawed safety culture, constant budget pressures and inadequate training led to the fatal blast.

The board also blamed what it termed aging infrastructure at the refinery.

BP still has 1,200 outstanding lawsuits that are connected to the explosion, Chapman said. So far, the company has settled more than 1,600 suits.

"Since the explosion, we've worked very hard to settle the claims made against us as a result of the terrible tragedy that occurred on 23 March," Chapman said. "We've done that so people could avoid the need to go to trial."

H added, "We will be working hard to settle."
By: Al Greenwood
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