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    The Washington Post Wrote:Few Americans have ever heard of Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine. They have spent much of their lives offshore, drilling holes in the seafloor for the oil giant BP. Over many decades in the business, each rose to the rank of well site leader, a job commonly known on a rig as “the company man.”

    Their lives changed irreversibly on April 20, 2010, a calm, clear day in the Gulf of Mexico. Kaluza and Vidrine took turns supervising the drilling operation on a rig named Deepwater Horizon.

    Now they are criminal defendants, facing their first court appearance Wednesday before a federal judge in New Orleans. After 21 / 2 years of investigation by the Justice Department, a federal grand jury this month indicted Kaluza, 62, and Vidrine, 65, on multiple felony counts of manslaughter in the fiery blowout that killed 11 crewmen and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

    The charges against Kaluza and Vidrine are part of the complex and contentious legal aftermath of the disaster. The legal battles will probably take years to resolve. So far, Kaluza and Vidrine are the only individuals facing criminal charges for the blowout itself.

    Their attorneys say their clients are scapegoats and will plead not guilty.

    “Every investigative report has said there were multiple failures at multiple levels at multiple companies,” said Shaun Clarke, Kaluza’s attorney. “So it is difficult for me to understand why the federal government decided to single out two guys working on a rig.”

    Vidrine’s attorney, Bob Habans, said of his client: “It is almost inconceivable that any fair-minded person would blame this hardworking and diligent man for one of the most catastrophic events in the history of the oil business.”

    The blowout of the Macondo well sent an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the gulf, polluted beaches and marshes, killed wildlife and roiled the region’s economy. Culpability remains a matter of robust litigation and legal maneuvering among powerful companies.

    At the corporate level, BP has agreed to plead guilty to multiple counts of manslaughter, admitting to simple negligence but not gross negligence — a key distinction in the legal battle. The plea deal was reached after extensive negotiations between BP attorneys and the Justice Department’s criminal division, as well as negotiations with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    BP will pay about $4.5 billion in fines as part of the deal, which still requires court approval.

    But even with the criminal case against BP apparently resolved, there remains a multibillion-dollar civil case against the company that is grinding toward a Feb. 25 trial date. That is a multi-jurisdictional case involving federal and state claims and more private lawsuits, with U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier presiding over the entire affair in New Orleans.

    Under the Clean Water Act, BP can be fined $1,100 to $4,400 per barrel spilled, depending on the degree of negligence determined by the court. The government estimates that about 4 million barrels of oil were never captured, skimmed or burned — an estimate BP has disputed — and thus BP could face Clean Water Act civil penalties of nearly $18 billion if found guilty of gross negligence.


    okay, so now that BP (british petroleum) is going to plead guilty of several accounts of manslaughter, they are pleading 'simple negligence' instead of 'gross negligence' since it is a softer way of saying they fucked up and releases them from a lot of liability.

    the real issue i am having with this is that these two drilling managers are being charged as criminals -- and maybe they are -- but the corporation is guilty of so many felonies and crimes but in the end, BP will just be charged more money instead of having their entire board of directors locked up in a maximum security facility with the rest of their corporate jack booted cronies.

    if the public needs to see anyone punished with jail time... start with the board of directors and finish with the shareholders. the government wants to divert more money into preventing terrorism and prosecuting the file sharing community... but one corporation destroys the entire gulf of mexico and they just get slapped with a 14 billion dollar fine that won't even phase them?

    fuck that. lock em all up and auction off their shit.

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
    has that ever happened?a member of a board of directors put in jail?i think not,that's why these guys embezzle,cheat and rape with impunity ,knowing that in the end the company gets charged a few billion and they go scot free
    many news reports stated that Kaluza and Vidrine were the 2 highest ranking BP officials aboard the deepwater horizon, when it was Pat O' Brien - VP of Exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and his subordinate manager David Sims, but i know we'll never see the higher-ups prosecuted, because that would indicate that there is justice in prosecuting those responsible. Interesting, but not surprising, to see that Halliburton have been left out of the lawsuit, when they were responsible for pouring the concrete that was intended to seal the well. What pisses me off is bp made $5.5 billion in it's most recent quarter alone, but the penalty will be paid over 5 years, which won't even make a dent in bp's purse. I'd love to see bp's managers and directors punished over this, but i honestly believe like all those at the top who are negligent, corrupt, plain useless etc, that they'll get off scott free ready for the next oil spill fuck-up.

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