Buncefield pleas entered

Of the five companies being prosecuted over the 2005 Buncefield oil depot explosion, only one company is admitting culpability for the health, safety and environmental charges against it.

In a plea and case management hearing in November, Total UK Ltd entered guilty pleas to the charges against it.

The four other companies; Herefordshire Oil Storage Ltd; British Pipeline Agency Ltd; TAV Engineering Ltd and Motherwell Control Systems 2003 Ltd all pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Water Resources Act 1991 and COMAH 1999.

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