Thomson ReutersSeptember 11, 2013 17:16
By Erwin Seba
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Trial began on Wednesday in the first four of 48,000 civil lawsuits filed against BP Plc <BP.L> for pollution from the 460,196 barrel per day (bpd) refinery it owned in Texas City, Texas until early this year, according to court documents.
The four suits allege that people were harmed when the refinery released vapors into the atmosphere from its hydrocracking unit during a 40-day period in 2010. The city had a population of 45,099 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census.