October 30, 2009
British oil giant BP has been hit with a record 87-million-dollar fine for safety violations at a Texas refinery where 15 people were killed in a 2005 explosion, officials said Friday.
“This administration will not tolerate disregard for lives,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told reporters in announcing the proposed fine to punish BP for both repeated and new violations.
“Unfortunately we have found the company still has not addressed many critical issues the company agreed to address” following the 2005 explosion, she said.
Inspectors found 270 cases in which BP failed to comply with agreed changes to its safety systems. They also found 439 new safety violations which “if unaddressed could lead to another catastrophe,” Solis said.