January 23, 2008 | Mark Paradies

In Response to Criticism that Plea Agreement is too Lenient, BP Says Plea Agreement is ‘Harshest Option’

The BP Texas City Refinery explosion case drags on (since 2005). An AP story about the BP plea agreement with Federal Prosecutors says:

“Federal prosecutors took the harshest option available in brokering a $50 million fine proposed as criminal punishment for BP PLC’s deadly 2005 Texas City refinery explosion, the company and the government said in court filings Tuesday.”

For the whole story see:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/5476163.html

U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal is expected to make a decision on the plea agreement by Febuary 4.

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