"Starting the day of the accident, Silver Eagle tried to help the homeowners whose houses were damaged," he said in a statement.
No one was injured in the explosion at 2355 S. 1100 West when a hydrogen and diesel fuel line leaked and the pool ignited at the refinery, but the shockwave was felt as far away as Farmington. The explosion knocked some nearby homes off their foundations, and many homes sustained broken windows and light structural damage.
Bullock said there were 300 claims as a result of the explosion, and of those 299 were settled in full. He said Silver Eagle made some payments to the Hornes, and the lawsuit involved their claims that were unable to be settled.
"The evidence showed that this accident happened despite Silver Eagle's safety inspections," he said. "Now Silver Eagle has put in place even stricter safety inspections and procedures."
In their lawsuit against Silver Eagle Refining, the Hornes claimed the explosion caused substantial damage to their home. According to the complaint, their home had been customized for Brian Horne, a quadriplegic who needs to use a wheelchair and special accommodations so he can successfully function in his daily life.
The lawsuit claimed the Hornes were forced to relocate to a rental property, which was not constructed to meet Brian Horne's needs, as a result of the explosion. The couple sought damages including compensation for ongoing emotional distress.
The attorney who represented the Hornes was unavailable for comment Thursday.