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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:55 PM

Feds Come Down Hard on Spill; BPs $4.5 Billion Plea Includes Manslaughter... [View all]

Source: Huston Chronicle

BP's felony plea agreement to settle manslaughter, obstruction and securities charges for $4.5 billion, and an indictment that could send three employees to prison for decades, combined for a one-two punch by the government that puts an exclamation point on fallout from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig blast and oil spill.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday by the Justice Department singled out BP well-site leaders Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza for the failure of a pressure test on BP's blown-out Macondo well, saying the "negligent conduct of defendant BP" through the actions of the two men "proximately caused the death of" 11 rig workers.

A former BP executive, David Rainey, also was charged. He is accused of providing government officials estimates of how much oil was spilling that were much lower than what the company actually knew at the time.

A former BP engineer previously was charged with obstruction, accused of deleting text messages about the spill flow rate...

Read more: http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Feds-come-down-hard-on-spill-BP-s-4-5-billion-4042439.php

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