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BP Exec., Two Workers Indicted for Gulf Oil Spill

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (WGGB/AP) — A BP executive and two workers have been indicted on various charges during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges David Rainey, who was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, on charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements.

The indictment claims that Rainey lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP’s blown-out well in the days after the April 2010 disaster.

Indictments charging two BP well site leaders with manslaughter were also unsealed Thursday.

That indictment Thursday in New Orleans names BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine. The indictment claims they acted negligently in their supervision of key safety tests performed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig before an explosion killed 11 workers in April 2010.

The indictment says Kaluza and Vidrine failed to phone engineers onshore to alert them of problems in the drilling operation.

Earlier, BP announced that it has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government and to plead guilty to felony counts related to the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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