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BP Oil Pays $87 Million, For Safety Violations – That Killed 15

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued their largest fine of $87 million to oil giant BP. The company failed to correct safety hazards, after a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people at its Texas City refinery. The fine came after a six month inspection of the refinery, which exposed multiple violations on an agreement BP made in 2005 to refurbish every safety hazard. OSHA also says, “The Company committed hundreds of new violations by failing to follow industry controls on pressure relief safety systems and other precautions.” A spokesperson for BP stated, “The Company as a whole, were under the impression that they were in full compliance with the settlement agreement they had made, and that the company will resolve the issue at hand, along with the help of government officials.”

“Since the explosion, BP has settled more than 4,000 civil claims, paid from a $2.1 billion fund it set aside to resolve claims.”

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