BP to pay $50m to Texas for emissions from 2005 explosion

03 November 2011 17:48  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP will pay the state of Texas $50m (€36.5m) for air pollution caused by an explosion and fire at the company’s Texas City refinery, the state's attorney general said on Thursday.

The explosion happened in March 2005, when 15 people were killed and more than 170 workers injured, the attorney general said.

In the months since the blast, there have been 72 separate pollutant emissions occurring every few months as a result of the explosion and subsequent fires.

Additionally, the Texas Commission on Environment Quality filed a second referral against BP for illegally emitting about 500,000 lb (227 tonnes) of air pollutants in Texas City, the Attorney General said.

BP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

($1 = €0.73)

By: Bobbie Clark
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