Total petrochemical unit under investigation over deadly blast

  • Total Petrochemicals France is being investigated for manslaughter over a blast at a plant in eastern France that killed two people.

    A judge in the city of Metz put the affiliate of oil group Total under formal investigation this month for alleged manslaughter and unintentional injury in relation to the July 2009 explosion at the Carling petrochemical plant.

    The blast took place when workers were attempting to restart a steam cracker, a furnace that processes oil derivative naphtha for making plastics.