A US District Court judge has delayed until early November the start of a trial against BP over the fatal March 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery.
Set to start September 18, the trial pits survivors and the estates of the 15 people killed in the blast and fire against the major.
Judge Susan Criss of the 212th Judicial District in Galveston agreed to a request for a delay by BP.
following allegations made by plaintiffs last week that the major had earlier misled the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about the 460,500 b/d refinery. BP September 15 requested more time to deal with the allegations, said company spokesman Neil Chapman.
Criss did not set a specific start date in November for the trial.
SECTION: THE AMERICAS; Pg. 8 Vol. 84 No. 179
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HEADLINE: Texas City trial set back
BYLINE: Richard Rubin