Source: Houston Chronicle, September 10, 2013
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Tons of toxic gases spewed from a tower at BP’s Texas City refinery for more than 40 days in 2010 without warning to the public. This week four of more than 48,000 residents who sued BP claiming health damage from the release will be the first to have their day in court.
They are asking a jury to give each of them up to $200,000 and to punish BP by awarding 10 percent of its estimated $147 billion net worth. The punitive damages would be given to charity, said attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the four Galveston County residents.
The lawsuit alleges that BP could have shut down a unit that caused the release but refused to do so because it would have cost $20 million in lost revenue.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial, which is expected to set the tone for many trials to follow.
“These test cases are all bellwethers,” Buzbee said. “Whatever decision is made by the jury will not be binding on any clients but these, but it will give a strong indication of the … value of the cases.”
The mixture of gases escaped through a flare, a tower designed to burn away pollutants released into the air, between April 6 and May 22, 2010.…
Source: http://enr.construction.com, October 31, 2007
In two plea agreements with the U.S. Justice Dept., energy giant BP Products North America Inc. agreed on Oct. 25 to pay a $62-million criminal fine for a 2005 explosion at a Texas refinery that killed 15 people and for petroleum pipeline spills last year on Alaska’s North Slope. BP also must spend $415 million on improvements to the refinery and the pipeline. Of the total fine, $50 million is for Clean Air Act violations related to the refinery explosion. The $12-million pipeline fine cites BP’s failure to inspect or clean the corroded pipeline.…
Source: http://www.txattorneys.com, December 18, 2009
By: Juan A. Lozano, Houston Chronicle
A federal jury Friday awarded more than $100 million to 10 workers who claimed they were injured in 2007 when a toxic substance was released at BP PLC’s Texas City plant.
The jurors in Galveston, about 50 miles southeast of Houston, gave each contract worker $10 million in punitive damages. Nine of the workers were also awarded between $5,000 and $10,000 for pain and suffering and medical expenses, while the 10th got more than $240,000.
The verdict came after 1 1/2 days of deliberations following a three-week trial.…
Texas’ Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against BP for violating the state’s pollution laws. The civil lawsuit cites 46 releases of pollution at the refinery, including those associated with a 2005 explosion that killed 15 employees and injured 180 others. Unspecified monetary damages are sought for each day each violation occurred, in addition to legal fees for the cost of the lawsuit and civil penalties. BP has already invested over $1 billion in people and processes to decrease pollution at the facility.…