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BP To Pay $13 Million Settlement In 2005 Texas City Explosion

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $13 million to settle charges of failing to fix safety violations at its Texas City oil refinery after a 2005 explosion killed fifteen workers.

 

The payment is the latest move toward resolving hundreds of violations at the plant alleged by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

BP paid $50 million in 2010 to settle some of the OSHA violations. The government had been seeking a total of $80 million in penalties, the largest fine in its history.

Resolving the fines could help BP in its effort to sell the Texas City refinery, the sixth-largest in the nation.

Overall, the company has paid more than $2 billion to settle lawsuits and fines stemming from the 2005 explosion.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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