2010 Gulf spill: Pollution trial ongoing for rig supervisor
NEW ORLEANS - The Deepwater Horizon supervisor who pleaded guilty to a pollution charge in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the colleague now fighting that charge never gave him information that prosecutors say was critical.
During the second day of Robert Kaluza's trial, Donald Vidrine testified about a test meant to show whether synthetic "drilling mud" below the ocean floor was heavy enough to stand up to the pressure of oil and gas below it.
He said Kaluza never told him some specific information that would have indicated to him that the test should be re-done. Vidrine also said Kaluza never said he was worried that the test might have failed or have been incomplete.
The rig exploded in April 2010, sparking a huge oil spill that caused economic and ecological devastation along the Gulf of Mexico coast.