suntimes
LUMINOUS 
Weather Updates

BP faces $1B lawsuit for Texas refinery gas leak

GALVESTON, Texas — More than 470 people are suing BP for $1 billion, saying they became sick due to a 15-day gas leak at its refinery in Texas City.

The Galveston County Daily News reports BP says mercaptan leaked from a storage tank in November 2011. Mercaptan is a pungent, harmless gas often added to natural gas so that the odorless, flammable substance can be more easily detected.

Attorney Anthony Buzbee says the leak also contained sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas.

BP has declined to comment. The refinery has since been sold to Marathon Petroleum.

In 2005, 15 people were killed in an explosion at the same refinery. More than 50,000 people have sued BP saying they were sickened by another leak at the refinery in 2010.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.