BP agrees to pay $13 million for 2005 Texas City blast

BP has agreed to pay $13 million in various fines to settle more than 400 process safety violations resulting from the 2005 Texas City blast that killed 15 workers.

In September 2005, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited BP for a $21 million fine. Four years later, the organization said that because BP had not met deadlines and other requirements from the 2005 agreement. More than 250 citations were issued as a result.

Since a 2010 settlement, BP has been required by the OSHA to hire independent experts to monitor its safety improvement efforts. The company also had to spend another $500 million to improve safety procedures at the refinery.

According to the OSHA, BP has resolved 409 out of the 439 citations and will have the rest settled by the end of 2012.

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