On April 4, Brent Coon, lawyer for several plaintiffs after the BP Texas City Refinery explosion, finally got his chance to depose Lord Browne, former CEO of BP.

A Houston Chronicle article says that during the telephone interview, Browne acknowledged that he had ordered deep budget cuts and that these would generally affect refinery maintenance. The articles says that he denied knowing that there were numerous complaints about how the cuts were impacting BP’s refineries.

This ends years of fighting over Coon’s plans for a deposition of the BP CEO.