Why Offshore Oil Workers Should Reflect on December 10

Many offshore oil workers may not appreciate the significance December 10, but Bob Kaluza believes they should. That’s the date, in 2013, that a circuit court judge threw out eleven counts of seaman’s manslaughter against Kaluza and Don Vidrine. He and Vidrine, who died in June, were the two BP supervisors aboard the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded on April 20, 2010, killing eleven rig workers. As the highest-ranking BP employees on site, the two “company men” were the only ones charged criminally in the deaths. “That ruling shaped, forever, the personal liberties of hundreds, even thousands, of employees that work or will work in U.S.-regulated offshore waters,” Kaluza said. The Justice Department indicted both men on eleven counts of manslaughter and eleven counts of…View Original Post

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