BP agrees to pay Texas £31m for pollution

Oil giant BP’s US subsidiary has agreed to pay $50m (£31m) in civil penalties to the state of Texas for pollution from its Texas City refinery, including the deadly March 2005 explosion, state attorney general Greg Abbott said. The fine is equal to the amount BP Products North America paid in 2009 for pollution from the explosion, which killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. “BP does not admit liability and enters into this judgement because of the uncertainty and costs of litigation,” said the agreement to be submitted to the court.