Sunday, June 06, 2010
BP emits 500,000 pounds of pollutants in Texas
by Larry Geller
While we were distracted watching the Gulf…
… on Friday, BP reported the emission of more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and non-pollutants in April and May at their refinery in Texas City, TX. The emissions included hundreds of thousands of pounds of deadly benzene, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.
While BP touts the mild success of its most recent attempt to contain the massive gusher spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, they would probably rather people don’t notice the other spill they recently caused, this one of deadly benzene from a refinery in Texas City, TX. The refinery released more than 400 pounds a day of the chemical over a 40-day period from early April to mid May of this year, BP quietly informed the state environmental regulator yesterday.
For the record, this is the same BP refinery where an explosion in 2005 killed 15 workers and injured more than 170 others. The company was forced to pay a meager $71 million in federal fines for that incident. It's as if the company has friends in high places, or something... [Bradblog, BP Reports Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds of Toxic Emissions at Deadly Texas City Refinery, 6/6/2010]
Please read the entire article. At the end, Brad discusses “corporate personhood” and the “death penatly.” This is a concept that has come up recently around the web.