The agreement means BP will review more than 50 pollution violations cited in the lawsuit and improve air-monitoring systems. Matthew Tejada is with the Galveston-Houston Association for smog prevention. He says this could be the start of a new reality for companies like BP.Î¾Î¾
"We're going to start looking at our very basic clean air laws in this region and we're going toÎ¾start holding-up in one hand those clean air laws and in the other hand emissions, and when you do that for a lot of facilities, it's real obvious that for many years those facilities have been outside the bounds of the law and they're finally going to be help accountable for that."Î¾
In a written statement, BP North America says, "It is working to fully resolve this matter in a way satisfactory to the state and to BP."
The company has not admitted liability or guilt. Meanwhile,Î¾the lawsuit will continue as the state looks to enforce the Texas Clean Air Act.Î¾