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BP Texas Lawsuit: Texas City Residents Sue Oil Company After 2010 Refinery Explosion

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — More than 50,000 Texas City residents have joined a class-action suit against BP PLC, alleging they got sick in 2010 from a 41-day emissions release from a refinery that was the scene of a deadly explosion.

Texas has also sued BP over the release, which occurred as the British oil giant was battling the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico spill. The Environmental Protection Agency is also investigating.

The Galveston Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/NADSYj ) residents say they became ill from the release. Texas says BP emitted 500,000 pounds of chemicals, including carbon monoxide and benzene, during April and May in 2010.

BP contends air monitors near and surrounding the refinery registered no elevated readings during April and May 2010 and that no one was harmed by flaring at its Texas City refinery.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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