Accused BP rig supervisor: “I did not cause this tragedy”
NEW ORLEANS – Weeks after being being charged with manslaughter regarding the 2010 Macondo disaster, BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, and former BP V.P. of exploration for the Gulf, David Rainey, pleaded not guilty.
The manslaughter charges stem from 11 deaths that occurred as a result of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
"I think about the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon every day," Kaluza told reporters just before his arraignment. "But I did not cause this tragedy. I am innocent and I put my trust, reputation and future in the hands of the judge and the jury."
Kaluza and Vidrine's lawyers both accused the Justice Department of using their clients as scapegoats. They noted that other government investigations have spread out the blame for the disaster and concluded it was the product of a complex series of mistakes, made both onshore and on the rig.