Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 9:48 pm
State Attorney General Greg Abbott recently announced that the state was awarded $50 million in a lawsuit filed against BP Products North America Inc. in June 2009. The Attorney General’s Office filed the suit due to the numerous environmental protection laws the company violated when an explosion occurred at their refinery in Texas City in March 2005.
In the lawsuit, BP was found responsible for 72 illegal emissions of pollutants in the accident and in the years since. The majority of the settlement will be directly deposited into the Texas State Treasury.
While the lawsuit “reflects the State’s commitment to protecting air quality and holding polluters accountable for illegal emissions,” it does not resolve any claims regarding the victims of the explosion. The fire and explosion in Texas City in 2005 took the lives of 15 people and left more than 170 workers injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an explosion, contact the Austin explosion injury attorneys of The Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. at 877-948-4842 to learn more about how we can help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering. We appreciate you reading our personal injury blog and we hope you return soon.