BP Texas Refinery Explosion | 15 Dead | March 2005

Cost Cutting, Sloppy Management and A Bad Attitude Led To Criminal Charges

BP Texas City Refinery Blast 2005

Holy crap! What a night!

On the 23rd, March 2005, BP’s Texas City refinery in Texas City, Texas, blew sky high, killing 15 workers and injuring more than 170 others. It had been the third largest refinery in the USA. The Chemical Safegy and Hazard Investigation Board pretty much ripped BP a new asshole at every level of management, but it didn’t really seem to have much effect (See Perps on the Oil Spills Archives Page).

Earlier in the year, a consulting firm inspected the facility and identified an laundry list of hundreds of urgent safety issues. Eventually, the company was charged with criminal violations of federal environmental laws. BP received record fines, including on in 2009 for not implementing safety fixes FOLLOWING the disaster. But that’s BP for you. The company ultimately paid $2.1 billion to settle claims.

By the way, the Gulf is better than ever. All fixed now.

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