BP Sued For More Than $1 Billion By Texas City Refinery Neighbors
15 April 2013No Comments
According to the 474 plaintiffs filing suit against BP, the company sold its Texas City refinery for $2.4 billion after making hundreds of people in Texas sick in a 15-day release of toxic chemicals that BP claimed were not harmful. In the complaint filed against BP, the plaintiffs claim “despite that the leak had been reported, BP denied the dangerousness of the leak, or that any harm could be caused from it.” In the meantime, “the leak was substantial enough that it was purportedly detected at other facilities located as far as two miles away.” If you have suffered an adverse reaction that you believe to be related to the negligence of another person or party in Texas, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today to discuss your possible compensation options.
BP Accused Of Endangering Health Of Texas Residents
“BP has a long history of violating the rights and endangering the health of the people in Texas City, La Marque, and Galveston County,” stated the complaint against BP. “BP has consistently ignored and violated air pollution laws and guidelines. Because of this, Galveston County now has the worst air quality in the United States. And it is the people of the community who have suffered.” The most recent claims against BP accuse the company of making “a tremendous amount of money while doing business in Texas City,” and then selling the refinery at a profit and leaving the people of Texas City and Galveston County to deal with its mess. “To be sure, the mess is enormous – so large that Texas City and Galveston County may very well never recover from the harm done to the area environment,” the complaint states.
Safety Violations At Texas City Refinery
In this case in particular, the plaintiffs are accusing BP of being responsible for a single pollution event that took place in November 2011. According to the complaint, “BP released various toxic chemicals for approximately fifteen days. BP was aware of the release, knew of the harm the release could cause, but failed to take proper action to stop or control the release.” This isn’t the first time BP has been accused of putting the health and well-being of others at risk in an incident involving the Texas City-based refinery. A series of explosions and fires rocked that same refinery in March 2005, killing 15 workers and injuring more than 100. Following the disaster, BP was fined $21 million and reached a settlement agreement with OSHA.
BP Sued For “Excessive Chemical Emissions”
Four more people were killed at the refinery following the March 2005 incident, including one each in 2006 and 2007, and two more in 2008. “In 2009, the Texas Attorney General, on behalf of the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sued BP for a series of 72 excessive chemical emissions dating back to 2005,” the complaint states. “In 2011, BP agreed to pay $50 million in fines for these emissions. The fine was the largest for Texas Clean Air Act violations at a single facility.” In the most recent complaint against BP, the company, from November 10, 2011, through possibly early December 2011, reportedly released Sulfur Dioxide, Dimethyl Disulfide, Methyl Carpaptan, and other toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.
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“Over the past few years, tens of thousands of individuals were injured and had their long-term health put in jeopardy after being exposed to extremely high levels of carcinogens and other toxic chemicals while working at the Refinery or by simply living or working near the Refinery,” the plaintiffs state in the complaint. As a result of these actions, the plaintiffs involved in the case, all of whom are Texas residents, are seeking punitive damages against BP in excess of $1 billion, for negligence, assault and battery, negligent training and supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, liability for ultra-hazardous activity, trespass, nuisance, gross negligence and fraud. If you believe you may have been exposed to hazardous chemicals from the Texas City refinery, or from another potentially dangerous source in Texas, consult our reputable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm for legal help.