HOUSTON (AP) - Former BP chairman Lord John Browne has been
questioned today on his knowledge of the oil giant's deadly 2005
Texas City plant explosion.
A plaintiffs lawyer says Browne's deposition comes after a
nearly two-year fight by attorneys for those killed and injured in
the blast for the right to question him.
The March 2005 accident killed 15 workers. About 170 other
people were hurt.
Attorneys for the victims claim Browne has unique knowledge
about budget cuts and other company decisions that contributed to
equipment failures at the plant.
London-based BP has said Browne does not have any such knowledge
and fought efforts to be deposed.
The legal battle to depose Browne went to the Texas Supreme
Court, which ruled in January that Browne could not be questioned
without limits about his knowledge of the accident.
Victims attorney Brent Coon took Browne's deposition by
telephone; Coon was in Houston, Browne in London.
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