Former Texas City BP Refinery Manager Defends Call

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A former manager of a BP refinery on the Texas gulf coast is defending his decision to continue operations during emissions events in 2010.

The Galveston Daily News reports Keith Casey, the manager of the Texas City plant until February, testified in court this week that he believed hazardous chemicals were destroyed by the refinery's flare.

More than 45,000 people have sued the oil giant in state court. They claim 500,000 pounds of chemicals released by the company have made them sick.

Casey said he hadn't received complaints from the community - or reports of unusual odors - during similar events before 2010.

The trial just ended its fourth week. Casey said given what he knew, the refinery was not in violation of state-issued air permits.

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