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CSB releases new animation on 15th anniversary of BP Texas City refinery explosion

25 March 2020

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Identification Board (CSB) released an updated animation video on March 23 to mark the 15th anniversary of the significant hydrocarbon release and ensuing explosion at the BP Texas City refinery which killed 15 people and injured 180 others. The massive explosion was a landmark investigation for the CSB and revealed safety gaps at refineries across the US.

Announcing the new animation, Interim Executive Dr. Kristen Kulinowski said, “The lessons learned from the BP Texas City event reverberate fifteen years later. The CSB’s newest animation updates and refreshes the CSB’s most viewed accident animation. We hope that this new version allows more viewers to learn from the findings and recommendations issued by the board that remain relevant years later.”

The incident on March 23, 2005 was the most serious refinery accident ever investigated by the CSB, which found organisational and safety deficiencies at all levels of the BP Corporation. The CSB released its final report into the incident in 2007, which can be viewed here: https://www.csb.gov/bp-america-refinery-explosion/

The CSB’s investigation revealed a lack of corporate management understanding and commitment to safety. As a result of the investigation, there is a new standard of care for corporate boards of directors and CEO's throughout the world, which calls for the same level of scrutiny for process safety management as financial management. Boards of directors of oil and chemical companies should examine every detail of their process safety programs to prevent future death and destruction. The CSB continues to provide reports, safety videos and educational tools for industry to use in driving process safety incidents to zero.

BP Texas City refinery - Image: CSB
BP Texas City refinery - Image: CSB

BP sold its Texas City refinery to Marathon Petroleum for $2.5 billion in 2013 as part of its divestment plan to pay for ongoing compensation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

For more information on the CSB, visit: https://www.csb.gov/


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