BP Rig Supervisor Admits to Pollution Crime in 2010 Gulf Spill

A senior supervisor of the BP Plc oil rig that exploded in 2010, killing 11 people and fouling the Gulf of Mexico, pleaded guilty to a misedemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department said.

Donald Vidrine admitted to “negligently causing the massive oil spill,” department spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement Wednesday.

The plea comes after the U.S. dropped manslaughter charges against Vidrine and his co-defendant, Robert Kaluza. Kaluza’s trial on the Clean Water Act violation is set to begin in February, Carr said.

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