(New Orleans, LA)  —  A Henderson man is facing charges in connection with the BP oil spill.

The Justice Department says 62-year-old Robert Kaluza allegedly caused the deaths of eleven men and the resulting Gulf oil spill in April 2010.  A grand jury indicted Kaluza and two other BP employees.

Lawyers in Houston released a statement on Kaluza’s behalf saying “Bob was not an executive or high-level BP official. He was a dedicated rig worker who mourns his fallen co-workers every day.” He reportedly started his career in the oil industry at the age of 18 as a well-hand in Montana.

Kaluza faces 22 felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter, and one violation of the Clean Water Act.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a life prison sentence.


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