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.
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