BP to pay Texas $50 million for refinery pollution

By the Associated Press | November 3, 2011 | 11:55 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil giant BP Products North America has agreed to pay Texas $50 million for air pollution violations at a Gulf Coast refinery where a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers.

Attorney General Greg Abbott calls the agreement a record judgment under the state's clean air act. He says the settlement resolves 72 emissions violations between 2005 and now. Some of those violations led to the massive explosion six years ago.

Abbott says the settlement is a strong and clear message and that the state will fine air quality violators.