HOUSTON (AP) - A monitor says BP is making substantial progress
in improving safety at its U.S. operations -- three years after a
The fiery accident at BP's Texas City unit killed 15 workers and
left more than 170 people hurt.
It's the first report by the independent monitor -- Duane
But Brent Coon, one of the attorneys for blast victims, cited
three worker deaths since the March 2005 accident as a sign that
significant improvements are needed.
BP spokesman Daren Beaudo says lots of progress has been made --
but more needs to be done.
A plea agreement would have a BP subsidiary pleading guilty to
violating the Clean Air Act, paying a 50 million dollar fine and
three years of probation.
Family members of the victims say the fine is insufficient.
-- Also, attorneys for 12 blast victims today filed a petition
asking that the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider
their request to throw out the plea deal.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.