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Former rig BP supervisor found not guilty

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 26 2016 Feb 26, 2016 February 26, 2016 4:16 AM February 26, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS- A jury has found former BP rig supervisor Robert Kaluza not guilty of a misdemeanor pollution charge arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill.
    
Kaluza was tried on a single charge of violating the federal Clean Water Act.
    
Prosecutors said Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, another rig supervisor, botched a "negative pressure test" and missed clear signs of trouble before an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
    
The April 2010 blast caused millions of gallons of oil to spew from the Gulf floor for weeks.
    
Kaluza and Vidrine once faced manslaughter charges in connection with the deaths of 11 workers on the rig. But federal prosecutors later backed away from those charges. Vidrine pleaded guilty to the Clean Water Act misdemeanor.

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