Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:53 PM
malaise (154,008 posts)
3 BP executives indicted over Gulf oil spill; BP agrees to pay $4.5 billion in fines in the largest
such settlement in U.S. history
Two employees of the British oil giant BP have been indicted on manslaughter charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil rig blowout that killed 11 workers.
A third executive was charged with lying to authorities about his work estimating the rate oil was flowing during the disaster.
The federal indictment unsealed on Thursday names BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, claiming they acted negligently in their supervision of key safety tests performed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig before the deadly explosion in April 2010.
The indictment says Kaluza and Vidrine failed to phone engineers onshore to alert them of problems in the drilling operation.
The indictment also charges David Rainey, who was BP's vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, with obstruction of Congress and making false statements.
The charges come as BP announced that it has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government to plead guilty to felony counts related to the deaths of the 11 workers and lying to Congress.
Thank you Eric Holder!!! There will be accountability
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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:05 PM
Indykatie (793 posts)
2. Wow. I'm Pleasantly Surprised by this Outcome
It explains the company's focus on trying to restore its reputation with all those television ads about their commitment in the Gulf and all the jobs they create in the US.