BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare

By Kristen Lombardi

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

'Model' workplaces avoid special government scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

By Chris Hamby

'Model' workplaces avoid special scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ero spinoff NuStar Energy. Two of the program’s staunchest supporters in Congress — Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Mary Landrieu, D-La. — received more th …"

BP's Iris Cross starred in two disaster PR campaigns

By Aaron Mehta

Before oil spills ads, BP's Iris Cross drew jury tampering accusations in earlier disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… ion to compensate victims and $137 million in federal fines.But one of the lawyers in the case says the 2006 and 2010 PR efforts provide an unprecedented wi …"

"… d I’m not sure BP’s been rehabilitated either,” said Brent Coon, the lawyer who headed the civil suit against BP in the refinery case. “They had a c …"

"… attempting to influence the jury pool in any way.At the November hearing, lawyers for BP argued that the letter was a “fact sheet,” not a mailing. The …"

"… vertising as private communications to potential jurors where Coon and his lawyers would not be able to respond.During the course of the hearing, Geary, the …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Seattle":

"… arrived at the hospital, Matt was being prepped for a helicopter ride to a Seattle trauma center. He never regained consciousness and died there on April 24. …"

"… ncy room, awaiting transport by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, 60 miles to the south. Paul, Shauna and Amy took off for Seattle by car, …"

"… enter in Seattle, 60 miles to the south. Paul, Shauna and Amy took off for Seattle by car, arriving around 4:45 a.m. There, for the next 22 days, the family …"

Use of toxic acid puts millions at risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A 2009 explosion in Corpus Christ sheds light on danger of toxic acid cloud

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… fineries with HF also are located in or near cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, as well as in rural parts of Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kentucky …"

Big polluters freed from environmental oversight by stimulus

By Kristen Lombardi and John Solomon

In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the na

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… t at BP’s maligned refinery in Texas City, Tex. — owner of the oil industry’s worst safety record and site of a deadly 2005 explosion, …"

"… A process for offshore drilling projects in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Interior Department has stopped issuing categorical exclusions …"

"… ation. The Energy Department — which has granted stimulus money to oil firms, chemical companies, and coal-burning utilities — has handed o …"

"… cials concede the Energy Department’s screening process relies on a boilerplate environmental questionnaire in which companies are trusted to provi …"

BP pays another fine for Texas refinery

By Amy Biegelsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today it will collect a $15 million fine from BP for Clean Air Act violations, the latest in a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… t in a series of federal government fines and settlements linked to BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery.Between March 2004 and August 2005, a series of fires …"

"… s of federal government fines and settlements linked to BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery.Between March 2004 and August 2005, a series of fires, explosions …"

"… d August 2005, a series of fires, explosions, and leaks ripped through the Texas City refinery, releasing thousands of pounds of flammable and toxic air po …"

"… ves problems found by EPA inspectors after a catastrophic explosion at the Texas City refinery on March 23, 2005, which killed 15 and injured 170 others. T …"

BP to pay record fine, spend $500M to upgrade Texas refinery

By Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

UPDATED BP will pay a $50.6 million penalty and spend at least $500 million to upgrade its Texas City, Texas, refinery where a 2005 explosio

Sen. Franken asks BP to explain OSHA violations

By Jim Morris

During a Senate subcommittee hearing last Thursday, Democratic Sen. Al Franken repeatedly cited the story’s key finding: that BP refineries

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… Franken repeatedly cited the story’s key finding: that BP refineries in Texas and Ohio accounted for 97 percent of “egregious willful” or “willful …"

"… elieved it had come into compliance with OSHA orders after its refinery in Texas City, Texas, exploded in March 2005, killing 15 workers and injuring 170. …"

"… ad come into compliance with OSHA orders after its refinery in Texas City, Texas, exploded in March 2005, killing 15 workers and injuring 170. The number o …"

"… osed a record $87 million penalty against BP for alleged violations at the Texas City refinery – violations that, according to regulators, reflected the …"

Renegade Refiner: OSHA says BP has “systemic safety problem”

By Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

Two refineries owned by oil giant BP account for 97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government safety i

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… s. But the firm has been under intense OSHA scrutiny since its refinery in Texas City, Texas, exploded in March 2005, killing 15 workers. While continuing …"

"… irm has been under intense OSHA scrutiny since its refinery in Texas City, Texas, exploded in March 2005, killing 15 workers. While continuing its probe in …"

"… exploded in March 2005, killing 15 workers. While continuing its probe in Texas City, OSHA launched a nationwide refinery inspection program in June 2007 …"

"… om of Information Act for OSHA’s nationwide program and for the parallel Texas City inspection show that BP received a total of 862 citations between Jun …"

Judge urged to revoke BP refinery probation after Gulf Oil Spill

By Kristen Lombardi

The worsening BP p.l.c. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a good reason to revoke the oil giant’s court-ordered probation and plea agreemen