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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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Judge to consider whether BP settlement adequate

Families of Texas City blast victims want $50 million fine increased A federal judge this evening delayed a decision on a plea deal aimed at resolving a criminal probe into the March 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery, after victims recounted their losses and lawyers raised complex legal issues. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal […]

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Wife of worker killed this year at BP plant says husband was thinking ahead to finishing career

Retiring was on his mind The day before William Gracia died in an accident at BP's Texas City refinery last month, he told his wife of 35 years that he was almost ready to retire. "He told me the Sunday before this happened, while we were watching a football game, 'I want to give it […]

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BP blast survivors line up to speak

Several victims of the deadly 2005 blast at BP's Texas City refinery aim to share their views with a federal judge who is considering approval of the company's proposed plea deal to resolve a criminal probe into the disaster, their lawyers said. At a hearing set for Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal could approve […]

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Chemical explosion eyed in BP death

TEXAS CITY — The federal investigator who led a two-year probe of deadly explosions at BP’s Texas City refinery in 2005 is on his way to the facility again after the company said a chemical explosion may have led to the death of an employee Monday. Earlier reports suggested that water pressure caused a heavy […]

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Attorney: Equipment failed in BP death

TEXAS CITY — An attorney for the family of a BP refinery worker who died at the Texas City plant on Monday says an unexpected pressure buildup appeared to be caused by equipment failure, rather than operator error. Tony Buzbee said bolts on a high-pressure water filtration vessel “were very old and in terrible condition” […]

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Lawyer questions bolts’ strength in BP death

TEXAS CITY — The lawyer for the family of a worker killed Monday at BP’s Texas City refinery said he was told by people who work at the facility that bolts on a high-pressure vessel were loose or not strong enough, allowing a lid to blow off. BP said it was not immediately clear what […]

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Victim’s family probing fatal accident at BP

TEXAS CITY, TX — The family of a worker who was killed at BP's Texas City refinery said "a lot of questions need to be answered" about the accident, which the company said involved a metal lid flying from a water filtration vessel. William Joseph Gracia, 56, was the third worker to be killed at […]

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BP worker killed at Texas City refinery

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A supervisor at BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, refinery died on Monday of head injuries suffered when a heavy metal lid blew off a unit during a restart, his family's lawyer and BP said on Tuesday. William Joseph Gracia, 56, an employee of the refinery for 30 years, was helping prepare a […]

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BP Settles More Lawsuits

More than 100 lawsuits against BP about a series of fatal 2005 blasts should be settled by next week, the plaintiffs’ attorney said Monday. The pending settlement may get the company’s CEO off the hook from having to testify before a federal court. Still, BP’s top executive, John Browne, may have to give a deposition […]

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