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A Dickens Christmas, circa 2006

Houston Chronicle, Dec. 20, 2006 A great Christmas story, as Charles Dickens demonstrated, is constructed of bad fortune, villainy, redemption and a happy ending. This year we have BP in the role of Scrooge, a company so focused on profits that it skimped on safety. The result: One of the worst American industrial accidents in modern times, the March 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery that killed 15 and injured scores. They included the burn unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, which had treated 23 victims of the blast. BP had made previous donations to the burn unit, which had responded well to earlier plant accidents.



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