The Terms of Settlement in the Case of Eva Rowe
On the morning of November 9, 2006, when jury selection was to begin, BP acquiesced. BP finally agreed to the release of over 7 million documents Eva Rowe and Brent Coon fought so hard to have made public. By refusing to allow BP to seal the document as is often a “standard” term of the settlement, Brent Coon made an entire industry accountable for ignoring dangerous realities and not learning from their mistakes. This unprecedented legal move subsequently manifested in a sweeping and engaging series of document release on this very website.
In addition, a total of over $30 million was to be donated to Texas A&M University Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Truman G. Blocker Adult Burn Unit, and the College of the Mainland, in Texas City, in the memory of the 15 victims.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston , Truman G. Blocker Adult Burn Unit, received 12.5 million dollars in memory of all 15 people who died in the Texas City explosion. All 23 victims of the explosion, who were treated at this hospital, survived.
The Texas A&M University Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, received 12.5 million dollars in memory of all 15 people who died in the Texas City explosion. The Center was established in 1995 in memory of Ms. O'Connor, who was an engineer killed in a Texas City refinery explosion. Ms. Rowe selected the O'Connor Center to help further its work educating engineers who wish to improve workers safety at refineries.
The College of the Mainland, in Texas City, received 5 million dollars for safety and process technology training for refinery and chemical plant workers. Your donations will help enhance the education and training programs for students seeking careers in refinery and chemical plant safety and process technology.
In addition, St Jude’s Hospital and Hornbeck High School in Hornbeck, LA each received 1 million dollars.
Additionally, BP would match up to $2 million each for any donations made in the six months that followed, to Texas A&M, UTMB or College of the Mainland, a potential $6 million in additional donations. Eva and Brent have both donated $100,000 to kick off the matching funds programs.
Also, a $1 million donation was to be made to her parents’ favorite charity, the Cancer Center at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in their memory. And a $1 million donation will be made to the Hornbeck, Louisiana school system in the memory of Mrs. Rowe. Mrs. Rowe was a teacher in the Head Start education program in the Hornbeck school system.
The settlement was heralded as groundbreaking and called “the dawn of a new age of dispute resolution” by media and journalists around the world.