Texas AG sues BP over emissions
AUSTIN, Texas: Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday, August, 10, 2010 that he had filed suit against British Petroleum (BP) contending that over the course of a month their Texas City refinery had illegally been emitting close to 500,000 pounds of pollutants into the air. An investigation conducted on behalf of the state found that BP Products North America failed "to properly maintain its equipment [that] caused the malfunction and could have been prevented." In addition to this, Texas also has pending action over an explosion at that same Texas City refinery in 2005 that resulted in the deaths of fifteen workers. Abbott's office is seeking restitution in the form of civil penalties of no less than $50, but no greater than $25,000 for each day BP violated the state's air quality laws.