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BP faces inquiry into death at US refinery

The recent death of a worker at a refinery run by BP, the British oil group, in Texas City is to be formally examined by US federal investigators. The inquiry is a setback for the oil company, which has been trying to improve its safety record after a string of American refinery incidents. The death […]

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Costly cleanup, fines have failed to halt BP deaths

Nearly three years after the tragic explosion that killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others, BP's Texas City refinery remains the nation's deadliest — despite a $1 billion cleanup and more than $20 million in fines. Even before the catastrophic March 2005 explosion, BP had made its way onto an OSHA list of […]

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BP leads nation in refinery deaths

Nearly three years after a massive explosion killed 15 people at BP's Texas City refinery, the oil giant continues to have more fatal accidents at U.S. refineries than any other major energy company, according to a newspaper analysis. The Texas City plant remains the nation's deadliest refinery, with three deaths since the March 2005 disaster, […]

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BP Plant Death Investigated

Federal officials investigating the death of a worker at BP PLC's Texas City plant said Thursday they were focusing on what caused the accident and didn't want to speculate on what role "safety culture" at the plant might have played in the accident. The safety culture at the plant was widely criticized following the 2005 […]

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Federal investigators to probe latest BP blast

Investigators for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board are moving forward with a detailed investigation of why a man died last month in an accident at BP's Texas City refinery, officials said. A probe began several days after William Joseph Gracia's Jan. 14 death. Lead investigator Don Holmstrom, speaking during a news conference […]

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Investigators looking into cause of latest death at BP plant

Federal officials investigating the death of a worker at BP PLC's Texas City plant said Thursday they were focusing on what caused the accident and didn't want to speculate on what role "safety culture" at the plant might have played in the accident. The safety culture at the plant was widely criticized following the 2005 […]

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Scenarios examined in recent BP death

Safety board begins full Texas City investigation An internal explosion is among possible explanations for why a 500-pound, bolted-down metal lid flew off a water filtration vessel last month at BP's Texas City refinery in an accident that killed a veteran employee, investigators said Thursday. A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation […]

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BP blast victims argue for higher fine

BP Products North America formally pleaded guilty Monday in the deadly explosions of 2005, but the outcome of the criminal case against the oil company remains unresolved. A federal judge said she would consider objections by victims who say a $50 million fine is too lenient and the plea deal between the government and BP […]

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Judge delays decision on BP guilty plea in plant blast

A federal judge on Monday gave victims of BP PLC's deadly 2005 plant explosion one more chance to argue why a guilty plea deal resulting from the federal government's probe of the accident should be rejected. After a more than six-hour court hearing, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal delayed making a decision on whether to […]

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Deal over Texas Refinery Blast Opposed

RENEE MONTAGNE, host: In Houston today, prosecutors and lawyers for the oil company BP are in court seeking a plea bargain on charges stemming from the 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery. That accident killed 15 workers and injured hundreds more. At the federal hearing, the survivors and family members of those who died […]

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