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Tough Week Ahead For BP's Lord Browne

September 5, 2006, 1:52 pm

Faces In The News Tough Week Ahead For BP's Lord Browne Chris Noon, 08.29.06, 8:25 AM ET

A plaintiff attorney in Texas has determined that BP Chief Executive, Lord John Browne, will not be able to cower beneath the corporate aegis.


Judge orders BP CEO be deposed

September 5, 2006, 1:44 pm

By Laura Elder The Daily News

Published August 29, 2006

GALVESTON — A state district court judge ruled Monday that John Browne, BP’s highest-ranking executive, must give a sworn deposition in a lawsuit alleging the company’s “gross negligence” caused last year’s deadly refinery explosions in Texas City.


BP Boss Ordered to Testify

August 29, 2006, 3:11 pm

Plaintiffs' lawyers previously agreeing not to call Lord Browne to the stand now will be videotaping testimony to appear at trial.

According to the Financial Times: "BP had unsuccessfully argued to state court that Lord Browne should not be required to testify because he had no unique knowledge about the refinery."


Lawyers Say BP Trial Near Halfway Point

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm

June 20, 2008 By BRAD HEM

GALVESTON — A civil trial arising from the 2005 BP Texas City refinery explosion finished its fourth week Friday, and lawyers indicated it may just be at the halfway point.

Lawyers for plaintiffs who allege they were injured in the blast that killed 15 workers said plaintiff testimony will continue until about July 4, and BP lawyers estimated they'll take two weeks after that to present the defense case.

The pace of the trial has slowed, with plaintiffs and their doctors presenting detailed testimony about their injuries and treatments.

Ten people are suing for physical and emotional suffering they claim to have endured in the explosion. BP is questioning the extent of their injuries and the amount of their damage claims, including $950 million in punitive damages.

The company has settled almost all of the 4,000 claims resulting from the blast, including all lawsuits involving the 15 fatalities. Lawyers for both sides continue to meet privately to negotiate the 79 outstanding claims.


Shell Washington Refinery Cited for Safety Violations

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm

By Erwin Seba June 25, 2008 Reuters

HOUSTON - Washington state's Department of Labor & Industries said on Wednesday it found 23 serious safety and health violations at Shell Oil Co's 145,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Anacortes, Washington. Shell said it was weighing a possible appeal of the agency's citation, which could lead to fines totaling $109,600. The Labor & Industries Department's findings came after inspectors spent two days a week for two months in the refinery and poured over 10,000 pages of documents. The inspection is part of the federal National Emphasis Program to conduct detailed safety inspections at U.S. refineries to prevent a repeat of the 2005 explosion at BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, refinery, which killed 15 workers and injured 180 other people. Among the serious violations found at the Shell Anacortes refinery were failures to identify and control hazards that could lead to releases of highly hazardous chemicals and deficiencies in the development of mechanical integrity programs, the Labor & Industries Department said. "A serious violation is cited when there is the potential for death or serious physical injury from the violation," the agency said in a statement. A Shell spokesman said much of the citation concerned documentation of safety programs at the refinery. "The refinery is reviewing the citation at this time," said Shell spokesman Brian Sibley. "We have 15 days to review this." A health and safety specialist for the United Steelworkers union, which represents workers at the refinery, said the Labor & Industries Department's findings were similar to those seen in other inspections across the country. "Everything we saw as contributor to the Texas City explosion, we saw in these inspections," said the USW's Kim Nibarger. "You'd think at $4.00 a gallon for gasoline, they'd be able to fix things." A U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation of the BP Texas City blast found numerous failures to recognize the risk of a catastrophic release of explosive chemicals and maintain the refinery's equipment. Shell Oil Co is the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc .


Shell Washington Refinery Cited for Safety Violations

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm

By Erwin Seba June 25, 2008 Reuters

HOUSTON - Washington state's Department of Labor & Industries said on Wednesday it found 23 serious safety and health violations at Shell Oil Co's 145,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Anacortes, Washington. Shell said it was weighing a possible appeal of the agency's citation, which could lead to fines totaling $109,600. The Labor & Industries Department's findings came after inspectors spent two days a week for two months in the refinery and poured over 10,000 pages of documents. The inspection is part of the federal National Emphasis Program to conduct detailed safety inspections at U.S. refineries to prevent a repeat of the 2005 explosion at BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, refinery, which killed 15 workers and injured 180 other people. Among the serious violations found at the Shell Anacortes refinery were failures to identify and control hazards that could lead to releases of highly hazardous chemicals and deficiencies in the development of mechanical integrity programs, the Labor & Industries Department said. "A serious violation is cited when there is the potential for death or serious physical injury from the violation," the agency said in a statement. A Shell spokesman said much of the citation concerned documentation of safety programs at the refinery. "The refinery is reviewing the citation at this time," said Shell spokesman Brian Sibley. "We have 15 days to review this." A health and safety specialist for the United Steelworkers union, which represents workers at the refinery, said the Labor & Industries Department's findings were similar to those seen in other inspections across the country. "Everything we saw as contributor to the Texas City explosion, we saw in these inspections," said the USW's Kim Nibarger. "You'd think at $4.00 a gallon for gasoline, they'd be able to fix things." A U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation of the BP Texas City blast found numerous failures to recognize the risk of a catastrophic release of explosive chemicals and maintain the refinery's equipment. Shell Oil Co is the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc .


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