A former BP supervisor was found not guilty by a New Orleans jury on Thursday of a single pollution charge stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers. Robert Kaluza was the last of four people who had faced charges in connection with the disaster. He, along with another former well-site manager, was accused of ignoring warning signs and botching safety testing that resulted in the rupture and explosion of BP’s Macondo well, sending millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The charge was a single misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act, which would have resulted in a maximum sentence of a year in jail. Both Kaluza and the other manager were originally accused of manslaughter in connection with their behavior but those charges were dropped last year.
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