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Ex-BP engineer's trial nears end, with closing arguments

5 years 11 months 21 hours ago Thursday, February 25 2016 Feb 25, 2016 February 25, 2016 11:27 AM February 25, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the trial of a former BP engineer facing a federal pollution charge stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Robert Kaluza's trial began last week. He faces a single charge of violating the Clean Water Act. Prosecutors say he and a fellow rig supervisor, Donald Vidrine, botched a pressure test and missed clear signs of trouble before the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

The April 2010 blast sent millions of gallons of oil spewing 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 violation.

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