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BP’s other disaster

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon blast, BP had another Gulf disaster. At its Texas City refinery, tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals spewed into the air — and continued to discharge for 40 days. In the end, the refinery emitted 538,000 pounds of toxic chemicals, according to BP estimates, including carbon monoxide and benzene, a known carcinogen.

A recent investigation by ProPublica and Frontline suggests that this toxic release stemmed from the company’s decision to continue producing and selling gasoline while repairing key pieces of equipment.

ProPublica’s Managing Editor Stephen Engelberg talks with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart about this toxic discharge and the mounting evidence that BP favors production and profit margins over safety and the environment.

Read BP’s statements in response to ProPublica’s coverage of the Texas City disaster here.