U.S. Gets Final Shot at Gulf Oil Spill Verdict in Ex-BP Manager’s Trial

By Margaret Cronin Fisk (Bloomberg) -- Federal prosecutors have one last chance to send someone to jail over the deadly 2010 BP Plc Gulf of Mexico well blowout and the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Robert Kaluza, the former BP manager going to trial in New Orleans federal court, faces as long as a year in prison plus fines if he’s convicted. Whether … [Read more...]

Deepwater Horizon Well Site Leader Pleads Guilty – Manslaughter Charges Dropped

Federal prosecutors dropped manslaughter charges against BP's two top employees on the Transocean oil rig Deepwater Horizon that blew up in 2010, the latest setback for investigators probing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The dismissal of the most serious charges against Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, who supervised testing on the Macondo well, means the … [Read more...]

Halliburton Worker Gets Probation for Destroying Well Tests

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A former Halliburton Co. manager was spared jail for destroying well-testing evidence after BP Plc’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans today sentenced Anthony Badalamenti to probation for one misdemeanor count of evidence destruction, Peter Carr, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman, said in an e-mailed … [Read more...]

Ex-BP Engineer Found Guilty for Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Daniel Lawton Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- A former BP Plc senior engineer was found guilty of destroying evidence sought by the U.S. in a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill. A federal jury in New Orleans today found the engineer, Kurt Mix, guilty of one of two counts of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said Mix deleted … [Read more...]

Ex-BP Engineer Destroyed Gulf Spill Evidence, Jury Told

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Daniel Lawton Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans. Prosecutors charged the engineer, Kurt Mix, with two counts of obstruction of justice last year, … [Read more...]