Victims of the explosion at the BP PLC refinery in Texas have settled all but one of the more than 4,000 lawsuits that were filed in state court after the blast. Four of the five remaining lawsuits arising out of the March 2005 explosion that killed 15 people and injured more than 170 were settled. The one remaining case in state court was dismissed by the court, but there is another lawsuit pending in federal court. The terms of these last settlements are confidential. As previously reported, the explosion occurred after a blowdown drum was overfilled with highly flammable liquid hydrocarbons. They ignited at the startup of the isomerization unit — a device that boosts the octane in gasoline. Alarms and gauges that were supposed to warn of the overfilled equipment did not work properly. This has been a long fight for the victims of BP’s wrongdoing. Hopefully, all of the litigation and related matters will soon be over.
Source: Associated Press
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