- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the trial for a former BP rig supervisor who faces a pollution charge in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A jury has been chosen for the trial of a former BP rig supervisor who faces a pollution charge in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval has scheduled opening arguments Wednesday in Robert Kaluza’s trial.

Kaluza faces a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. Prosecutors say he and another rig supervisor, Donald Vidrine, missed clear signs of trouble before the well blowout.

Vidrine pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor pollution charge last year. Both men had faced charges of manslaughter after 11 workers were killed when the offshore rig exploded, but federal prosecutors backed off those charges.

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9:45 a.m.

Jury selection has started in the trial of a former BP rig supervisor who faces a pollution charge in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Robert Kaluza faces a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act. Prosecutors say Kaluza and another rig supervisor, Donald Vidrine, missed clear signs of trouble before the well blowout.

Vidrine pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor pollution charge last year. Both men had faced charges of manslaughter in the death of 11 workers who were killed when the offshore rig exploded, but federal prosecutors backed off those charges.

Judge Stanwood Duval told about 70 prospective jurors that he wants a jury chosen Tuesday for a 13-day trial.

There have been only a couple of individual criminal convictions resulting from a sweeping Justice Department investigation into the rig explosion. The government did secure a landmark criminal settlement and record civil penalties against the corporation, which BP said would cost the corporation billions of dollars.

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This story has corrected the day of the week to Tuesday.

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4 a.m.

A former BP rig supervisor goes on trial Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge connected to pollution from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Robert Kaluza once faced much more serious charges - manslaughter counts connected to the deaths of 11 workers who died when the offshore rig exploded.

But federal prosecutors backed off those charges in December.

Tuesday’s trial is for a single misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act.

Another rig supervisor, Donald Vidrine, pleaded guilty to the same charge last year after the manslaughter charges were dropped.

Prosecutors say Kaluza and Vidrine, botched a “negative pressure test” and missed clear signs of trouble before the well blowout.

The blowout spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Associated Press reporter Michael Kunzelman contributed to this story.

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