Greg Abbott Goes After BP On Pollution Charges

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced a major case against BP Petroleum and its Texas City refinery, claiming almost 50 separate violations of the state's clear-air act.

"BP Products is charged with polluting our environment, concealing information from authorities and harming Texans," Abbott said. "In recent years, more than 45 unlawful pollutant emissions occurred at BP's Texas City facility. This enforcement action holds BP accountable for failing to comply with environmental, health and safety laws that are intended to protect Texans from harm."

The incidents include the explosion that killed 15 people.

So what is Abbott after?

"The state is seeking an injunction requiring the company to implement all necessary measures to eliminate future unlawful emissions," the AGs office announced. "The enforcement action seeks to require that BP install additional air quality monitors that will ensure future compliance with emissions restrictions. The state is also seeking civil penalties, fines and attorneys' fees."

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