BP Texas City blast may harm residents' health

21 February 2008 21:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Oil major BP said on Thursday that it had no comment regarding a medical university's study, which indicated that the company's Texas City refinery explosion in Texas may have harmed the health of nearby residents.

BP has not seen the study said company spokesman Neil Chapman.

However, the company has apologised to Texas City for the accident, he said. "Certainly we have expressed our deep regret."

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston conducted the study, which appeared in the February issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

In the study, the university conducted a survey of residents who live near the BP refinery. Although the respondents of the survey were not directly affected by the accident, they still reported declines in perceived mental and physical health, the university said.

By: Al Greenwood
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