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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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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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