GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — In a story Oct. 11 about a jury ruling in a Texas emissions leak, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Texas City refinery where the leak occurred was later purchased by Marathon Oil. The refinery was purchased by Marathon Petroleum Corp.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Jury finds BP negligent in Texas emissions event
Galveston jury says BP negligent in 2010 Texas refinery emissions event, but no one was harmed
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — BP was negligent and responsible for a 41-day emissions event in 2010 at its Texas City refinery, but there isn't enough evidence linking the pollution to illnesses, a Galveston jury found Thursday.
BP PLC has said that 500,000 pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the air when there was a technical problem at the refinery. The emissions event coincided with the company's efforts to plug a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The jury unanimously agreed that the company was responsible for the pollution, but only one person wanted to award damages. Three people who said they became ill due to the pollution testified at the trial that began Sept. 11. The trial was designed as a test for a larger suit that includes 45,000 people. The jury deliberated for two days and three hours before reaching a verdict.