July 28, 2014
WEST, Texas —Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case.
"We may never know why the plant blew up, but the lawyers may," said Dustin Benham, a law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law. Or the lawyers suing "may turn up absolutely nothing." That fact could remain hidden, too, he said.