BP Employees Spared “Seaman’s Manslaughter” Charges In Deepwater Case
March 12, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that two BP employees who were supervising the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when it exploded in 2010, killing 11, will not face a charge of “seaman’s manslaughter.” In 2012 the workers were charged with misinterpreting a safety test and ignoring clear signs that the drilling enterprise was in danger. The obscure seaman’s manslaughter was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr., who said it was intended to apply to someone operating and navigating a vessel, not supervising an oil rig. In a March 12 ruling, the Fifth Circuit agreed.
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