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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Tarr":

"… 0-day release.“That means BP under-calculated its emissions,” contends Jim Tarr, a chemical engineer hired by lawyers for the plaintiffs. He said the diff …"

'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 "Labor Department":

"… remain exempt from the ongoing enforcement initiative. In a statement, the Labor Department said Marathon took steps to prevent future similar problems.The Garyville …"

"… ce.The evaluation report made no mention of the boiler.In a statement, the Labor Department said the abbreviated review was “unrelated” to the fatal explosion and …"

"… d  the agency recently closed the Texas City case.In a statement, the Labor Department said OSHA recently conducted an on-site evaluation of the Texas City refin …"

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 "Judge":

"… take an absolute idiot not to figure that out,” Galveston County, Texas Judge Susan E. Criss chided BP during a hearing Nov. 6, 2006 called to address t …"

"… eye towards increasing safety in the future.The letters came to light when Judge Criss received a copy in the mail and quickly convened a hearing on Nov. 6 …"

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 "Texas":

"… Already this year, fires have been reported at refineries in North Dakota, Texas and California.Many accidents are associated with equipment failure and, p …"

"… in the years leading up to a 2005 explosion at the company’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, which killed 15 workers, managers close to the scene agonized …"

"… leading up to a 2005 explosion at the company’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, which killed 15 workers, managers close to the scene agonized over safety …"

"… l for so very many hourly people,” reads a BP summary of interviews with Texas City workers three months before the blast. A business plan circulated eig …"

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

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 "Obama administration":

"… buted to this article. …"

"… ses, the documents show. This approach to stimulus projects has left the Obama administration at odds with its usual allies in the green movement. Some environmental ad …"

"… te goes beyond the judgments of NEPA officers. According to documents, the Obama administration has unequivocally concluded that one of the Energy Department’s bigg …"

"… had caused 16 years of unpermitted emissions of smog and haze, one of the Obama administration’s biggest air pollution victories. That same day, the Energy Depar …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… pay a $50.6 million penalty and spend at least $500 million to upgrade its Texas City, Texas, refinery where a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers.The record …"

"… million penalty and spend at least $500 million to upgrade its Texas City, Texas, refinery where a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers.The record fine was neg …"

"… worst worker safety violations at two BP refineries, including the one in Texas City.UPDATE 4:22 PM“The size of the penalty rightly reflects BP’s disr …"

"… the agreement gives OSHA an “unprecedented level of oversight” at the Texas City refinery and is far superior to a 2005 agreement it struck with BP fo …"

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

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 "Gulf of Mexico":

"… rophic events at refineries.BP is battling a massive oil well spill in the Gulf of Mexico after an April 20 platform blast that killed 11 workers. But the firm has …"

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