BP fined for Texas City disaster

This video from the USA says about itself:

A detailed study of the events leading up to the BP Texas City refinery explosion of 2005. Litigation is still ongoing for this incident, which was preventable.

From the New York Times in the USA:

BP Faces Record Fine for ’05 Refinery Explosion


Published: October 30, 2009

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will announce the largest fine in its history on Friday, $87 million in penalties against the oil giant BP for failing to correct safety problems identified after a 2005 explosion that killed 15 workers at its Texas City, Tex. refinery, federal officials said Thursday.

The suspected cause of the explosion that killed 15 workers at BP‘s Texas City, Tex., plant in 2005 was the escape of flammable hydrocarbons that were ignited by the backfire of a truck.

The fine is more than four times the size of any previous OSHA sanction.

The officials, who insisted on anonymity because the fines were not scheduled to be announced until Friday, said the penalty was the result of BP’s failure to comply in hundreds of instances with a 2005 agreement to fix safety hazards at the refinery, the nation’s third-largest.

According to documents obtained by The New York Times, OSHA issued 271 notifications to BP for failing to correct hazards at the Texas City refinery over the four-year period since the explosion. As a result, OSHA, which is part of the Labor Department, is issuing fines of $56.7 million. In addition, OSHA also identified 439 “willful and egregious” violations of industry-accepted safety controls at the refinery. Those violations will lead to $30.7 million in additional fines.


This is an NPR audio on this.

Oil giant Total UK on Friday admitted health and safety breaches in connection with the massive Buncefield oil depot explosion: here.

A Friday morning explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Washington state has killed three workers and left four more critically injured: here.

A company was found guilty on Wednesday of a health and safety breach in connection with the huge explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in December 2005: here.

Tav Engineering Ltd has been found guilty of a health and safety breach in connection with the huge explosion at the Buncefield oil depot: here.

Almost five years after the Buncefield oil depot explosion, the five companies whose negligence and irresponsibility caused the blast have been fined over £9 million: here.

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