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Report: Internal Investigation Calls for Firing of 4 BP Executives

An internal investigation by BP into the deadly 2005 explosion at the company's Texas City plant calls for the firing of four senior executives, the Financial Times of London reported Tuesday.

In a report obtained by the newspaper, investigators identified the executives as Mike Hoffman, recently retired as the British company's group vice president for refining and marketing; Pat Gower, U.S. refining vice president; Don Parus, the Texas City refinery manager on leave since the accident; and Willie Willis, a plant employee.

BP does not comment on personnel matters, so officials could not discuss the specific contents of the report, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

While it found no evidence that anyone acted in bad faith, BP's investigative team discovered shortcomings in the performance of some managers, the statement said.

The four executives were among more than a dozen senior managers investigated by Wilhelm Bonse-Geuking, group vice president of BP, after the explosion. Fifteen people were killed and dozens more were injured in the blast.

The executives were described in the report as those with direct responsibility for substantial management activities.