Baker: Texas City Blast Shows BP Safety Issues

A panel led by former Secretary of State James Baker says the oil company BP is not doing a good job of keeping U.S. workers safe. The panel investigated the horrific explosion two years ago at BP's Texas City refinery that killed 15 people.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Another big Washington name will be in the news today. James Baker, the former secretary of state, will issue a new report in Houston. It's not related to the Iraq Study Group. It's about BP and the oil company's safety shortcomings. This Baker panel was set up after the fatal explosion two years ago BP's Texas City refinery - the worst industrial accident in a decade, 15 people died there.

According to the Financial Times, the report will say BP has not always had adequate resources to insure safety at its U.S. refineries. It puts the onus on BP's board of directors and gives them a dozen recommendations to fix the safety problems. BP recently said its chief executive, Lord Browne, would retire in July, six months ahead of schedule. The company has a slew of civil suits pending against it. There's also a grand jury investigation into whether to bring criminal charges for the refinery explosion.

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