BP needs more evidence to prove that workers’ compensation satisfies the claims of 315 workers who say they were injured by a chemical release from its refinery, a federal judge ruled.
BP sold its Texas City refinery to Marathon Petroleum on Feb. 1, 2013 for $2.4 billion. But the sale did not insulate BP from liability for its operations at the refinery.
Two months after the sale, more than 500 plaintiffs sued BP Products North America in Galveston County Court, claiming they were exposed to a stew of toxic chemicals BP released from the refinery in November 2011.
“From November 10, 2011 through possibly early December 2011, BP reportedly released sulfur dioxide, methyl carpaptan, dimethyl disulfide and other toxic chemicals into the atmosphere,” the complaint stated. “Despite that the leak had been reported, BP denied the dangerousness of the leak, or that any harm could be caused from it.”