Two BP employees who worked as well-site leaders on the rig were indicted in November on manslaughter charges stemming from the 11 workers’ deaths. The indictment accuses Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine of disregarding high pressure readings that should have indicated trouble before the blowout.
No criminal charges have been filed against individual Transocean employees.
One of Kaluza’s attorneys, Shaun Clarke, said the Transocean deal is part of prosecutors’ efforts to ‘‘sell a fiction’’ about the events leading up to the explosion.
‘‘The companies want to get on with their business. The government wants a scapegoat. Bob and Don just want to get their day in court and have the truth be told,’’ Clarke said.
Associated Press writer Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.