Friday, November 10, 2006
BP has settled the claim that was on the verge of going to trial relating to the tragedy at their Texas City refinery. Along with a payment to the decedent's daughter,
BP will donate $12.5 million to the adult burn unit of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; $12.5 million to a process safety center at Texas A&M University; $5 million to the College of the Mainland in Texas City for safety and training of refinery and chemical plant workers; $1 million to the cancer center at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis; and $1 million for Hornbeck, La., schools, which Rowe attended and where her mother taught before working for BP.
The Tortellini has some thoughts about why, and the interesting note that the United Steelworkers was going to webcast the trial. (That website is worth checking out in its own right, even without the webcast.)
(Earlier post on some coverage of the case.)