Donald Vidrine, Deepwater Horizon rig supervisor, dies at 69
Donald Vidrine, Deepwater Horizon rig supervisor, dies at 69.
Services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at La Chapelle de Martin & Castille in Lafayette.
Entombment will be at Bellevue Memorial Park Holy Sepulcher Mausoleum in Opelousas.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until services Wednesday.
The Ville Platte native spent his career of more than 40 years in the oil and gas industry in both shallow water operations and later in deep water.
For five years, Vidrine faced manslaughter charges for his role in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, in which 11 people died and 63 were injured in the Gulf of Mexico.
While federal prosecutors secured a large criminal settlement and penalties from BP, criminal cases against individuals ended in acquittals or plea bargains with no jail time.
The well was sealed after 87 days.
Vidrine was later vilified in a 2016 movie version of the Deepwater Horizon in which he was portrayed by actor John Malkovich.
“The engineers who worked with him said he would never have had the heart attack if not for the blowout,” she said.